Why Mentorship Matters

Ever since I was a child, I’ve looked up to people who do great things. In my younger years, they were professional athletes, those who, through the force of their own will, make things happen in spite of all that is going on around them. I’ve always wanted to be that decisive, to know exactly what to do and execute it when the time is right. No fear of consequences. Just pure action.

How does a one man show get more users than a well managed team?

Well the usual story of writing things down has hit me today. I’ve left this so-called journal alone until now as I’ve had my head in all directories lately.

My mind is swimming with ideas and burning with frustration this morning. I just saw the thing I didn’t want to see, and it’s exactly what I feared most. Just a few months ago, I thought we were on the right track with this project, and it didn’t seem as though there was much competition. However, after doing a little research as of late, it looks like other guy is ahead. Not by a long shot, mind you, but he’s definitely got more momentum than we do. So what you might say. I suppose I’m not really saying anything but painting the picture in my head about this.

What rings true with me

Here is an interview with Jack Dorsey, the creator, co-founder and chairman of Twitter and the CEO of Square, by Kevin Rose.

I was glued to this from start to end. I can’t say that it was visually appealing, and maybe a mp3 version of this would have been fine, however it did cement a few things in my mind for me.

Ideas are only ideas. This little project that I’m working on is an idea. It’s an idea I came up with nearly 12 months ago. I floated it past several people but then was shocked that they didn’t get as excited as I was. Somewhat deflated after that – but the breakfast made up for it. By the way, I love doing meetings at breakfast time. Damn I digress. Needless-to-say I kept at it.

Editing the team.

I’m not sure if I actually like that phrase. But I think you get what Jack meant. I like using the phrase,

Getting the right people on the bus.

He does make a good point though. Its clear that you must keep refining and making the changes to get the outcomes that are required. Sometimes, I’m sure, could be a little hard to make however they are needed.

We’re working on our prototype at the moment. This is really checking (validating) what I was thinking. The good part is – it does work.

You can make a thousand excuses and it will never happen.

This is probably the biggest (and hardest) part for the team. We all have jobs that are paying the bills. Motivation for me isn’t hard to find. I’m always excited about this although having the financial constraints is sometimes a huge balancing act. The team know that it’s going to be hard though it can will be very rewarding.

There’s no better way to put this. When the light bulb flicks on, you’ll fall right out of your chair

I still can’t believe nobody’s doing this. Why hasn’t anyone thought of my idea? I know what you’re thinking, and it’s not what you think. I’ve done my due diligence here. I’ve scoured every online and offline resource I know of. I’ve asked every one of my friends in high places, and not one of them has ever heard of this idea. I know it sounds pretentious and downright annoying to be talking like this, but I seriously don’t get it. Could I really be the first person to think of this?

Finally had a chat with the KING of Melbourne talkback radio, 3AW’s Neil Mitchell

As part of the hype and success of Apple’s iPad launch here in Australia I was fortunate to have a chat with 3AW’s Neil Mitchell about the iPad.

But really, where does the iPad and photography fit in? My initial thoughts for the device is its great for impromptu meetings and being able to show people your portfolio of work. The screen size is perfect for that.

Secondly, being able to have a device that will take notes from meetings. Some may think that is fairly mundane, however, the goal is always to find the notes a few weeks/months later. Maybe there will be a better application coming for meting notes? One that will sync’ to all you machines via the cloud.