Let’s Kick It…
Do you ever dream? Do you have some hidden passion that you have always wanted to pursue?
The Dalai Lama said, “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”
Finding happiness should be our ultimate goal, but sometimes, we need a kick in the pants? We need some motivator to spur a personal revolution… maybe you quit your job 🙂 or inherit a large sum of money. Something happens that makes you want to do something – that one thing that you have always really wanted to do!
How many of you are procrastinators? Me? Not so much. I am too impatient. I want things done yesterday. I plan weeks in advance. I like order and I love to get things done. Lately, though I am at a loss. I want to do too many things… all at once. I keep asking myself… what do I want to be… who do I want to be?
30 36 years old… How is it I haven’t figured this out already?
“The world is but a canvas to our imagination”
Henry David Thoreau
Enter Kickstarter, this week’s class assignment. What is Kickstarter? It is where dreams come true. Literally. Kickstarter is a community of people committed to bringing creative projects to life…or at least that is what the website says. Their purpose: support projects in Art, Comics, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film & Video, Food, Games, Journalism, Music, Photography, Technology, and Theater. There are three very simple rules:
- Projects must create something to share with others.
- Projects must be honest and clearly presented.
- Projects can’t fund-raise for charity, offer financial incentives, or involve prohibited items.
Of course, these rules don’t cover every possible use of Kickstarter, but they explain the main purpose and procedure.
So what would you kickstart? What would you build? What would you create?
Someone on the site tried to fund buying a burrito. He asked for $8.
He raised $1050.
It is amazing what people will support. I have looked all over the site… people are getting trips around the world funded, just so they can write about it. The possibilities are amazing.
Not all the projects are crazy… some are really interesting and useful. Some of them could possibly change the world. Check it out. Let me know what you find. I considered kick starting something but then decided it required more thought. If I am going to ask people for money I want to make sure it will be a success for all of us. I may help fund something, though. Wouldn’t it be nice to be part of something? To see a dream realized… even if it’s not your dream.
A wise friend told me today, “The best way to be happy is to give joy to others. It is hard not to be happy when you make someone else smile. Keep your eyes forward. The future is made out of what we do today.” Neil Hatten – the next Dalai Lama.
It is important to follow your dreams and find your happiness. The Internet is helping make things happen for people. Let me know if you have a great idea… I’ll help. We can realize our dreams together.