“Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.” ~Dan Dennett
I love that quote!
To truly feel alive, you need to find something that you love, and you can’t do it for prestige.
It requires passion.
There’s a great video of Steve Jobs answering the question asked by Kara Swisher, “What’s the number one thing required to accomplish some of the things you’ve done in your life?” To which he replies, “Passion.”
The world is riddled with people and their excuses. They always have a reason for something not going their way. I choose to take a different approach.
I believe that I own 100% of my outcomes. I either win or I lose because of my actions. Some might blame circumstances, but I don’t. I look at it as a learning experience.
“Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.”
Why are more people scared of public speaking (74%) than of death (68%)? Think about that… more people would rather be in the casket, than giving the eulogy. I think that’s ridiculous and that understanding our fears should be a top priority in our life.
Starting a full blown company is a scary endeavour… that’s why I’ve always started very small. My approach is very iterative. At each step I’m trying to prove if there’s a “there, there.” Or better yet, “Will the dog hunt?”, “Does anyone want this?” I also start off with a few contradictory assumptions:
I was born on December 26th, 1979. Today I turned 32, although I still feel like I’m 17. Turning 30 was tough, but the past few years have been the most rewarding times of my life. Last summer I got engaged to a beautiful women and two weeks later we signed a term-sheet to sell Flowtown to Demandforce. Looking back to the successes I’ve had over the years, I realized that it wasn’t my upbringing or education that were critical in my achievements, but in the quality of the advice that I got from some amazing people along the way.
Have you had any of these types of conversations?
That’s why four weeks ago I started a company call Clarity that would enable this activity regardless of someones social status or geographic location. Clarity makes it easy to connect with others looking for advice over the phone. The service is all mobile, is private and secure, has some amazing features that make it fast and delightful.
So for my birthday this year I have one wish.
I’m asking every business owner, community leader and entrepreneur out there to offer one hour of their time – for free or for charity – to give 6 entrepreneurs 10 minutes of advice around their expertise or passion. Each call takes only 10 minutes. All calls are off the record, private (Clarity takes care of connecting both parties) and are filtered for quality.
Here’s how to commit your phone time:
1) Create an account
2) Block out an hour in your calendar January 5
3) On that day, promote your availability on Facebook / Twitter
There’s already 300+ of the world best entrepreneurs, venture capitalist and marketers who’ve taken a pledge to give back and I would ask that you consider joining them. It’s only through advice from those who’ve been there before that we truly gain insight into the challenges we face as entrepreneurs.
There’s nothing that would make me happier then to end this day, my birthday, with a 1000+ amazing entrepreneurs giving me the best present I could imagine – their time and advice – for others to enjoy. Please take 10 seconds to sign-up for an event that will certainly move and change their life forever.
Remember: It takes a village to raise an entrepreneur.
Quotes from the video:
- When you want to succeed, as bad as you want to breath, then you will be successful
- When you get to a point, that you want to be successful – as bad as you want to breath – then you will be successful
- Most of you don’t want success as much as you want to sleep.
- “Sleep is for those people who are broke” 50 Cent (video)
- You will never be success until you don’t need a dime to do what you do
What message did you like most from this video? (leave a comment below)
If you’ve ever felt a bit crazy, different or that you might not fit in … good for you! The “crazy ones” are those that push the status quo, that dream up the big ideas and shape our futures. Care less about what people think and more about creating. We need more creators. I don’t care how freakin’ weird the idea – just build it. Let your dream control you. Seriously, go for it.
Notice: Parents and friends don’t discourage, they just don’t want to see you hurt (fail, mess up, loose all your money, etc). Be open to their feedback – but they don’t decide. You do!
When’s the last time you felt crazy?
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