Passion, Inspiration and Getting Things Done

29 08 2006

Never underestimate what passion will accomplish. The pyramids didn’t get built by people aimlessly piling rocks.

Some people have a dream. Some dream big, others dream small. The dreams themselves are what is important, not their size.

Dreams are what stop us from being put off by the buts:

  • it’s too hard
  • it’s never been done
  • it’s not how we do things
  • people won’t like it
  • the cost is too great

At the end of the day, every invention, every innovation, every idea at some point did not exist. People work really hard, they try a lot of stuff (a lot of it didn’t work), always learning, never giving up. Every failed effort is one more lesson learned. They try more stuff, some of which works!

We can learn better ways to do things every day, we should also be learning from our past mistakes.

In the movie Medicine Man, a man dreams of curing cancer. Not for money, not for love but an aching need to change his current reality, to move forward as a civilisation and shed the shackles of the human race’s past misfortunes.

At the end of the movie Medicine Man, all Dr. Campbell was left with was his passion and his dream. That was enough, he had just one open loop, curing cancer. That loop was enough for him to keep trying, completing each next action as it becomes available.
Herculean tasks require big dreams, but they also need to Get Things Done. Corporations are getting the idea.

Google’s Mission to organise the world’s information while making it universally accessible and useful, certainly fits the bill. This is a task Google may never complete (given the rate we produce information), but changing society is no small thing.
What inspires you?
Do one task today to contribute towards that dream.

Dream big, do big things.

A special note for Cameron Reilly: don’t take The Podcast Network overseas, that’s exactly what makes Australia a technology backwater! Sell some private shares, have an IPO, call Richard Branson.
A note to Aussie (and overseas) VCs – throw money at The Podcast Network, this is the future of media and you’re going to be kicking yourselves when all the people have stopped listening/reading to MSM and your media brands are worth squat to the new generation (just like those great telegraph brands).




One response

29 08 2006
Cameron Reilly

wow great post Cait! And not just because of the last para. 🙂

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