Pioneers usually die broke.
I got an email from a dear friend who I can relate all too well with. As an inventor/creative, many times you will believe and see something long before the masses. Many people might have a thought, think, “what a nice idea” and move on to whatever the current day issue of life is – cleaning the sink, washing clothes, driving the kids around the circle.
The only difference between a creative and a normal person is that both do the same things, just the priority and emphasis on how much time is delegated to obligations vs. priorities is very different.
A creative will go years and starve working on an idea. A normal person might not go much past “what a nice idea” in a nanosecond thought.
So to hear their idea, I was excited, yet, they are a start up with an unproven technology on the large scale. The process is much like our show “you” that we were building. You get really close, everyone is interested, yet, until one drops and says yes, you get a sort of wall or communal “no” from potential partners.
All the process taught me in the VC world was that if I could, I would keep any idea a small company. I have done managing several hundred people on shows and while it was financially lucrative, it was just stressful for reasons only the oddity of human behavior can bring.
People wonder what I do here in Swiss as I basically beg people to let me do some sort of work for them. The lack of communication skills in German really inhibits any simply idea in the local town. I will go off to Zurich or St Galen and see if I can locate some nerds who want help with a startup of something for a year. I just got word that the washed out road in Colorado from the massive storm last fall will be done in September. The irony, it is right at the end of the building window for that area of Colorado.
So I get to my friend and gave advise on what needed to change in the business plan. It was free advise, so I think it fell on deaf ears, as creative’s can and do listen, but it is not one of the stronger points. The difference is someone asked me for the advice, I gave it. They didn't like it. They can take some time and rework their financials so that it will make sense to investors as well as flow with their idea, or they can continue the path they are on.
While interesting and fun, it really s*cks when you go years on a projects that have no guarantee of success and see no end in sight. All you have is hope while you watch much of the world just living in the moment of “norm.” Maybe that is why during those times, food seems to taste so good and flavorful?
I guess that is what makes a creative weird. While I do my German, I am taking the time to refine Agrowvillage, put a lot of time into Augmanity (odd, someone sent an email wanting to buy the domain names yesterday) and what I can build when the lab is done in Colorado. Then for giggles and sh*ts, I have this really cool bakery idea for a master pastry chef, some web stuff, and then four product ideas that are sitting here in various states of design.
What I need is a space to build and time. There is no shortage of ideas and the more i brainstorm, the list keeps getting longer.
I worry about my friend, as they really do have a heart for helping kids and others. But the realities of being a pioneer is that most usually die broke. It is the first to come in second that makes all the money and flushed the idea into the mainstream.
Tis odd, I always try to help, yet, this time, I find I can’t. Not a great feeling. So if you can just say a little prayer that the creator would help my friends out, I would really appreciate that. I know they would too.
It is pretty funny actually. As humans we think we are so smart, yet, perhaps the next post will be about the guy that taught me a lot about “ideas and where they come from.”