There is always this hype to start something up! A business startup, a social startup; whatever. The point mostly is to ACT and do something useful. Which is GREAT, but it can fireback.
The “Impossible Project”, coined by Seth Godin, is “a project that you plan to carry out but it is so hard and so big that there are no clear steps that you can take now”. Consequently you never take the first step.
Having an impossible project gives the soothing feeling of “I’m good because there is something I’m working on”. However, the impossible project never moves you forward.
If you think you’ve a project, here’s a simple question:
When was the last time you took external action (like reaching out to investors/partners/potential customers/audience) regarding your project?
If it was more than a week ago, your project is impossible. You’re far better off not having a project at all.
To start with, you get a life.
To start with, you get a soul. Hopes. Dreams. Passion. Love. Compassion.
To start with, you get a body. Muscles. Neurons. Arms. Legs. A heart.
You might be thinking “Well then what?! Everybody has these.” But you’d be missing the point.
The point is what you can do out of what YOU have?!
Einstein changed the way we see the world.
Malcolm Gladwell changed how we think about thinking.
Abraham Lincoln freed millions from slavery.
Steve Jobs changed the way we listen to music.
Seth Godin changed how we see the new economy.
Clayton Christensen changed how we see startups.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi changed how we see the things we enjoy.
Elon Musk is changing the way we drive cars.
Bill Gates is changing facts about third world countries.
To start with, they all got a life.
The point is “What are YOU going to change?”
The world now is in a transitional period between two eras.
During the olden era; fitting in, following instructions and being a cog was all what society appreciated. Most of the educational systems were built around that.
Listen hard, conform harder. Be cheap. Be replaceable. We will give you a secure life.
The next era is where art, uniqueness and the new are all what the society appreciates. Some industries are born in that era like software and IT industry. Educational systems are yet to catch up.
Rebel, stop following the rule-book. Write you own rule-book. Draw your own map. We will give you a secure life.
Yet sooner or later every organization and industry will have to shift to that new era where only one person can make a difference.
What this all means is you -as a student- have two choices.
Either you educate yourself for the past or educate yourself for the future.
Your life, your choice!