A good retrospective from Tim Lepczyk on his experience this Fall with MOOCs, and an assessment of why he thinks he “failed” in his experimentation.
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Cortez, during the Spanish Conquest of the Americas, was said to have burned his ships, so that there was no returning to the Old World – and ensured that his men were 100% invested in the success of their endeavor.
Daily, we read about the latest out-of-this-world valuation on some startup, from someone who isn’t a programmer, or has no formal business training, or has only a partial working brain in their head. Rarely do you hear of the level of commitment that those people have invested in to obtain their “overnight” successes.
Being an entrepreneur isn’t about going to cool parties, or hanging out to make a connection that will make or break you, or getting that killer round of Series A funding.
It’s about creating value where none existed before – and giving 100% of yourself toward reaching that goal.
When I started my company in 1996, my wife and I both quit our “day jobs” in the same week. I triple-booked business to ramp up. And worked my ass off 6 or 7 days a week until the checks started coming in. It wasn’t glamorous – but it was sustainable, and most importantly, profitable.
I wouldn’t have had the level of commitment to my enterprise if I hadn’t metaphorically “burned my ships” (i.e., quit my fallback, my day job).
If you think you’re ready to strike out and create the next Facebook, the next Instagram, the next Twitter, you have to be ready to scuttle the ties that are keeping you close the the shore, and head into the jungle.
Cause that’s where the gold is. Not on the beach.
You know the old saw.
“The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes.“
Same’s been true with me and updating my own marketing material lately.
To correct that, I’ve been playing around with Animoto this week (http://www.animoto.com).
Verdict: Me like. Me like lots.
Anyway, here’s the result:
I know most people look forward to the last two weeks of the year.
As the owner of a small business, I’ve always looked at these last two weeks of the year with Trepidation… and with Hope.
Trepidation, in that even with folks flitting to and yon for the holidays, I still have people depending upon me to bring home the bacon – regardless of merry making.
And with Hope for the coming new year, and the unwritten promise it brings.
May you and yours have a safe and happy holiday season.
And may the coming year fulfill the promise of better days ahead for us all.
Pssst… wanna know a secret?
NOBODY can tell you how to find and land a job in this economy.
But I can say for sure the following: It’s not gonna be a killer resume.
It’s not gonna be a memorable business card.
Or that guy you knew fifteen years ago, haven’t spoken to since, and are now hitting up for a reference. With a cold call.
People, there are folks losing their jobs who have been doing what they do for the past 25 years because of the historic economic times we find ourselves in – you think a humorous Moo Card is gonna help you, how?
I can’t think of a single job I’ve landed – as a W-2 or a contractor – since 1985 that I didn’t get through a personal connection or through a network of people that knew my work.
(2) My Work.
If you’re just now building your network, only after you lost your job, what can I say. You’re behind in the game. Not impossibly behind, but I ain’t gonna lie – it’s not good. The competition is tough.
You’re gonna have to get above whatever noise you’re contending with to get noticed. That’s what a lot of well meaning advice on resumes and job fairs and business cards are meant to convey – stand out. Problem is, EVERYBODY is trying to “stand out.”
The one positive benefit that working on resumes and revamping business cards has is that it does get you doing something. Anything. Better than sitting around moping about not having a job.
If I seem to be flippant about this, I’m absolutely not. Quite the contrary, I genuinely want anyone reaching out to me for a hand to get a job.
But I can’t in good conscience dole out a bunch of bromides about leveraging your LinkedIn network to land gigs. Or go to your local chamber of commerce mixer and expect to get anything other than a bunch of “come ons” to buy life insurance, financial services, or be otherwise “rushed.”
You want to land a job?
Get your story out. Get it out in a way that tells who you are, what you’ve done, and what you’re capable of doing.
What’s the best way to do that? How many Angels can dance on the head of a pin? Nobody can tell you that. And I won’t pretend to.
But chances are, you’re not going to land your dream job reading this post (or any other post) sitting in your kitchen, den, or bed room.
Get out. Tell your story. Show your work. Persist.