The paradox for finding the right solution (for any problem) these days is that our instinct is to seek outside resources. With all the innovation, tools, apps, shortcuts, etc. available to us we look for a quick fix externally, rather than an internal remedy.
The quintessential example is the story about writing in zero gravity. Supposedly, the U.S. spent millions on a pen that would write in space. The Russians used a pencil.
Another example I like to use is The Beatles. They recorded some of the most timeless music in history with very little technology. In fact, they trained themselves to “problem solve” using internal methods – getting more creative with existing tools, rather than looking for external shortcuts.
The result of forcing yourself to problem solve “internally” is that you improve common sense, sharpen your creativity (and save lots of money).
The time will come when you’ve exhausted internal resources and common sense and you will need to go externally to get the next level. By maintaining this practice, you will easily spot the problems that really do need external solutions.
I woke up thinking about how all water in the ocean is being held down by gravity and how it’s a true miracle we just don’t go shooting off the planet into space.
Life is good. I appreciate everything and everyone around me. The more positive I become, the more positive situations occur. The more gratitude and generosity I show, the more goodness comes back to me.
We all know this to be true, but yet act selfishly way too often.
As I sit down to write this and look through the last set of updates that I wrote.. wow! So much has happened.
Secured initial round of seed funding
Signed on several artists to manage regional tours
Brought on a new partner and advisory team
50% though development of a new mobile app that I’m insanely excited about
Considering the hiring plan for Marketing & Tour Ops
In addition to all this, we are planning a house concert series starting in January 2016. So far, every house concert we have been involved in has been an amazing experience. There’s a different vibe when you get a singer-songwriter in the cozy room telling stories about their songs. There’s a deeper connection with the listener and it has a lasting effect that is different from a regular concert.
The team is very excited to help people “produce” their own house concerts and make it easy.
We are also excited to be working with Fontaine, Kevin Presbrey, Alex Dezen, Hurley Mower, Tyler Barham and potentially Randy Montana! We’ll be planning shows in the Midwest for these artists and featuring their music on the app. Also, we’re planning on doing some interviews and studio sessions for our upcoming podcast series.
Let’s be honest. We want a quick win. Everyone wants a quick win once in a while. We come up with a great idea and try to figure out the fastest way for that idea to generate money.
This is a huge trap. Building the next Facebook over a weekend and showing it to a few friends does not equal the next $100b company. But somehow, we believe this may happen.
The truth is; you need to work it hard. You need to fine-tune the unfair advantage, distill the massive benefit statement and get more people bought in today than yesterday. How many more? I don’t know, but more every day and then the day after that. Get one more believer than yesterday. Then two more the day after.
Make sure you crystalize your vision. How does this idea/product/service/song resonate when 1m people are looking at it or even using it?
When you perform a casual experiment or side project, you are thinking small at the start. This is normal. Will this idea work? Will anyone care? You do yourself a disservice by dabbling. Sure, go ahead and tell a few friends. Are they being nice or are they excited and want to share it? Don’t mistake this process for MVP (Minimum Viable Product).
Someone wrote about getting 10 paying customers you DON’T know. They will be very honest with you. Once someone pays even $1, they want value in return. The value exchange should be very clear and they should be happy to tell you they are satisfied. Once you have 10 paying customers you don’t know, throw gas on the fire and go full throttle. Now you are entering MVP-land. It’s the ONLY way to gain critical mass and call it a business.