"...the Search is a lot scarier than we usually care to acknowledge. And this arises, ironically, from the success of Western Democracies, those with the capital "W" and capital "D." They have provided too much choice for younger citizens. Nobody but an idiot would deny this is a good thing -- even a wonderful thing. But choices are confusing. They take time to consider, to sample, spit out and reject. And too many of them provide a ready-made excuse for procrastination and shilly-shallying.
Not to mention fantasizing. It came as a shock to me to read in The Week that 20 percent of British teenagers in school claim they would abandon their education if they could just get themselves on television. In any capacity whatever. Just to be a "celebrity." Which probably explains the queues clamoring to be humuliated on "reality TV," a modern equivalent to ancient Rome's gladiator circuses. That is, it came as a shock until I remembered my own certainty at seventeen that I would knock the Rolling Stones flat on their ass.
All of us have our dreams. And these are not to be despised or mocked. They are a part of us, whatever they are."
-- From How To Get Rich (which is excellent)
I've always liked this quote from the same book:
“I never knew worse few months than when I was bashing my head against a brick wall attempting to start my own outfit in the early 1970s. The whole process was pure misery. Looking back through the prismed eyes of a champagne flute, I suppose I could argue that perhaps it was my finest moment. Not that it felt like it at the time. To be honest, it nearly broke me. But I would not give in.”
Derek Sivers is holding a one-time class to teach you the "magic touch" in business, with examples, war stories, and lessons you can apply right now to do better by your customers and profit as a result of it -- and all the proceeds will go to charity.
The class will be on February 19th at 5PM California time (8PM East Coast). You can find out more at GiveGetWin by clicking here.
The Mentality Behind the Magic Touch; Derek Sivers interviewed by Chiara Cokieng
Derek Sivers sold CDBaby for $22 million dollars in 2008. In this interview, he explains what he's been doing now, how he's engaged with his new projects, and -- most excitingly for business owners and entrepreneurs -- the mentality behind the "magic touch" he had that made CDBaby so loved by its customers, and a huge part of how it grew so quickly. Here's Derek --
In 2008, when I sold CDBaby, I was about to start a new company immediately. Literally the day after I sold CDBaby, I was ready to start my next company. I incorporated it, I started programming, got a few months into building it, and then realized that if I were to do that, I wouldn’t be making any real change in my life.
The first thing that is on your mind when you wake up in the morning. The last thing that is on your mind as you go to sleep. The irresistible feeling of self-determination you get when you get off course. The sensational movement you feel when you are that much closer to accomplishing *it*.
That is what I would like to call “The Mind-Set of a Dreamer”.
If you were to take a long look at our current society and the people that make up this society you will immediately come to the shocking realization that Dreamers are Scarce. No one is willing to take a leap of faith anymore, visions have become eviscerated, and having a purpose has become over rated. Everywhere you go you can see what I described in the above lines as being carried out as the norm. In fact some of you who are reading this right now are currently doing exactly as I described in the above lines. As you’re reading this you are in doubt about the success of this blog or quite frankly the success of its author simply because you haven’t fully been able to grasp the concept of a dream. Long before I first began writing the first sentence of this blog I had to come to grip with what my dream was. And while I won’t fully disclose the details of my dream I will tell you that I have every intention at the end of this blog helping someone else realize their dream.
Why are Dreamers so important? Good question…keep them coming. Dreamers are important because they create the future. How do I know this is true? Look at some of the Dreamers who have graced our presence in the last century. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Billy Graham, Our past Presidents, the list goes on and on. These dreamers range from athletes to politicians, to entrepreneurs, civil rights activists and evangelists and of course there are more. All of these people have help create a future in their prospective fields and they serve as example of things that can be accomplished when you dream. I am going to spend the remaining few paragraphs describing what I learned from these Dreamers and how we can all have “The mindset of a dreamer”.