Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Take Courage

Let's do this.

As Windtraveler quotes on their front page, The world needs dreamers, and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.

It seems that in the past 10-20 years with the explosion of the internet, the dreamers who do are Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Steve Jobs, Reid Hoffman, those type of people. You can dream something up, do it, and come out a billionaire, as pretty much all of them have proven.

We need to get back to that. We need more of that attitude. We need less insurance, more failure. We need to try something new, just because we haven't done it. Not avoid it because we haven't done it. America used to be where you wanted to be to make a change. America used to be for risk-takers, now it seems to be for fat-cats. American businesses are unbelievably wealthy, but they're scared. Businesses should take some of their record cash stacks and try something new. Hire some folks, maybe some kids fresh out of college, and see what happens. Take a risk.

Humans are still quite primitive, in our decision-making, in general. Our thought processes change at an evolutionary rate, but our capabilities change at an exponential rate. So we are scared of sharks and spiders and big people, and not scared of driving cars, obesity, or running out of fish to eat. It seems to me that there is some correlation between our (collective) terrible risk-assessment, and our terrible ability to comprehend big or small numbers.

So I say let's do it. Try to make something better, just because everybody says it can't be done. The worst that could happen is you go back to life as it was.

I propose putting people like Moxie in the same category as the internet billionaires above. Cause why not? Those kids spent more time on the beach in the Bahamas than any of those CEOs.

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