Let’s Kick It…


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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?

I am 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:

  1. Projects must create something to share with others.
  1. Projects must be honest and clearly presented.
  1. 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.

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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.

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11 thoughts on “Let’s Kick It…

  1. Leia,

    I found your post to be very inspiring! I love that you focus on the ability to make dreams come true with Kickstarter. That is one of the things that makes the digital revolution so special to me; entrepreneurship and living dreams is all part of the American Dream. Whereas I realize the internet spans much further than that, it does help those of us who grew up on that notion to manifest it even more easily. As you said, the possibilities really are endless.

    You pointed out the aspect of Kickstarter that helps to make it such viable option for dreamers, (and such a huge success as a platform), and that is the notion of being able to be a part of amazing things. Traditionally people might have chosen to purchase stock in a company or make a donation to a charity. Now, they can shop for people’s dreams and ideas with which they deeply resonate and then join the cause.

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    • Hi Angela!
      Thank you for commenting!
      I do see Kickstarter as a place for dreamers. I just wish they supplied the dreams. I am still thinking about what I could start… and nothing. Blank.

      Our world is changing in every way. I have said this so many times in this class… I can’t wait to see what the world will be like in the future. Are you kickstarting anything?

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  2. So Leia ,
    Do you finance any of the Kickstarter project? What do you think about this idea?
    I think, as you are mentioning that people wants to be part of something.
    I wrote on my post, that there is an Epic meaning Syndrome on internet, and your post confirm my intuition.
    The burrito it’s a great example. We need to be more critical towards certain way to raise money, to get used to free lunch its not a good habit for a generation to have, and I think badly about all these people that get money for nothing , it’s a disaster for the culture for the economy and they develop an entitlement’s culture which can became extremely harmful to a productive society.
    Charity is one thing, and raising funds for a project it’s a totally different thing, people get confused.
    There is sort of lack of financial knowledge on the web , and somebody is taking advantage of it.
    The burrito example it’s dangerous , people can learn that asking can became easier then producing.

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    • Thank you for commenting Research 77! No, I haven’t been back to the site yet. This week has been crazy but after reading everyone’s blogs I am definitely going back. Everyone found interesting things and there is so much more to explore. I like the site. I like what it does for people. I think the guy that wanted the burrito funded said he was going to rate it… that he was in search of the perfect chicken burrito or something like that… he added some purpose, although frivolous. Apparently, people liked the novelty. I agree about this attitude about entitlement… but who is to blame, the one who posted it or all the people that funded it??

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  3. Leia,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and inspirations this week. I don’t take Kickstarter too seriously as a source of business funding. But as a way to share hope and encouragement and help people’s “dreams come true.” I totally get it.

    You can’t give or share anything in life without opening your hands up. But that also makes you ready to receive. It seems to me God is creative and generous. Kickstarter, the way you approach it, is in line with that.

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    • Hi Rick!
      Thank you for commenting. I know! Some people have big dreams and I love it when positive things come from something. Kickstarter was a wonderful idea and has helped a lot of people.

      I have a really hard time asking others for things. I was always taught that if you worked hard and lived right… good things would happen to you. In my experience, when I have actually asked for things… I have been hurt. I loved what you wrote… you have to open yourself up to things.

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  4. Hi Leia,

    Excellent post! I hope you weren’t serious in your comment to Kaitlin about your feelings being hurt, because I rarely get comments on my posts. Uh oh… Maybe that’s a bad sign! Actually, I think the rest of the commenters are slow because they’re busy finalizing the zillion assignments we have this week. (Confession: I’m a procrastinator when it comes to this stuff.) At any rate, I really enjoyed your post.

    As Kaitlin mentioned, it’s hard to believe that you’re a first-time blogger! You do a beautiful job of blending graphics, quotes and content in all of your posts. I always enjoy reading what you have to say! Crowdsourcing websites like Kickstarter are particularly useful for launching awesome project ideas conceived by ordinary people. Like you, I try to avoid focusing on the crummy ideas on the site, and prefer instead to celebrate the innovative projects that could quite possibly change the world.

    Switching gears… you mentioned to Kaitlin that you are a freelancer balancing five clients. I have eight clients myself and would love to chat with you about your plans going forward. I’m also at the stage where I’m not quite sure if I should pursue an LLC or simply wait until after graduation. By the way, I’m a little embarrassed to say I’ve never used pagemodo.com, but just learned about it from your blog entry. What other tools are you holding back from me?!

    Hope to chat with you soon!
    Kim

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    • Hi Kim!

      Thank you for commenting. Yes, I was a little serious. I am a little sensitive and need validation. I check my stats every day. I told y’all I hope that someone will read this blog, love it and pay me for it. I am looking for a job!!!!

      Anyway, I appreciate your compliments and the fact that you read it.

      As for as page management, I am trying all the applications out there… I have a great list. I will try to email it to you later this week. Some are free, but most I am paying for.

      Pagemodo is great at creating art, and ads. I have used the heck out of it. My clients love their personalized things.

      I look forward to talking with you more.

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  5. Leia – I can’t say it enough…I love your blogs! I can’t help but ask, were you a blogger prior to this course? Your format and use of various text styles makes for a fun read and easy on the eyes. I am also similar to you – lists, order and I want it done yesterday. While it’s a great motivator for me, it an also be exhausting. Maybe it’s why we did this program 🙂
    I also had trouble coming up with an idea to “kick start.” I think we may be more right brain people, and I agree I would want to be certain about my idea before asking for money. If I happened to come up with a really great idea, which I truly did not, I probably wouldn’t have shared it on the world wide web either. I must have overlooked the three rules for Kick Starter…pretty interesting though. Thanks for sharing

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    • Hi Kaitlin!
      I really appreciate your comments. My feelings were getting hurt because no one had commented on my blog this week. I started to think it wasn’t any good.
      My first blog was for this class in September. I am still learning but I did major in journalism in college and have always enjoyed writing. My dream is that someone will see it, love it and want to pay me. I have learned through research that this is rare and most blogs are just for fun.

      I agree with you, I think people like us exhaust ourselves. I just function better when everything is in order and I have a plan. Two suggestions for people that like plans: don’t have children and don’t quit your job after 8 years (without having another one lined up.)

      As for as Kickstarter, I really did try to come up with something… I am thinking about opening a company. I have 5 clients right now that I am managing their social media (from home) and thought it might make since to do an LLC… I went through the steps and chickened out at the last minute. I am definitely right brained.

      I’m a little sad that this is the last blog for class… I will keep blogging though, it gives me a place to vent.

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