Big dream, big opposition.

Have you ever noticed when you go to a fairground the bigger they have all kinds of games like hook the duck, bullseye etc. Have you also noticed that the bigger the prize, the bigger the challenge?

I could be making this up, (it’s late) but here’s my point; The bigger the dream, the bigger the opposition. So don’t give up when life throws you lemons, twists them and make lemonade instead.

Nothing worth having, comes without cost or challenge, so buckle up and hold on tight.


Pinwheel: The latest pin on the block

Have you heard about Pinwheel yet? – The new way to find and leave notes all around the world??

I stumbled across this earlier today, and felt the burning desire to blog about it today.

Pinwheel, which appears closely related to Pinterest, (and in fact has no relation) is the news venture of Caterina Fake; who is also known as one of the co-founders of photo-sharing site Flickr, which she sold to Yahoo back in 2005 for a mere £22 million.

The site, which is about to open up in beta will be made available to a selected few, who will get to test drive the site across its web and mobile web platforms. Caterina invited those wishing to be first in to leave their details via a link on her blog, which you can find here.

User will be able to send notes public, private, shared with an individual, in a group or with the whole world, explains Caterina.

“You can follow people, places and sets. And in the future, you will get notifications on your phone from who and what you choose.”

Wondering how this will create profit? Yeah, I was too. It seems that Pinwheel will take the route of sponsored notes, and inviting businesses to sponsor them. The idea is that these notes will operate as a direct mapping system, pointing customers in the direction of those stores, or indeed opening the possibility to promote products in specific locations.

This is one to watch, and a timely invention given the rise in location-based marketing.

Don’t be a Google copy, be your own copy.

The reason Google is such as successful company is that they’re not afraid of stepping out and trying something new. I love that spirit.

When was the last time you did something different, or for the first time?? Life becomes stale when we get stuck on the wheel of familiarity. Try something out, do something different to shake things up.

Loved this blog post by the Wall Street Journal, which explains “Why Office Design Matters.” Why not trial moving your furniture around, or swapping your team with another company. I reckon we would see a lot more creativity, passion from our teams, and in the end obtain better results than simply doing the same thing day in, day out. If it worked for Google, and the rest of the great innovators out there. Why wouldn’t you try something different?

Don’t just be a Google copy, be your own copy. Just use Google, and like minded souls as your springboard.

Changing gears…

Just like a car is forced to change gears in order to build momentum when climbing a hill. Life can be a little like that sometimes too. Every season has its shifts, and changes. Moments where you feel like business, or life has slowed down a gear, just to speed up into the next; and speed up it does.

Gears change depending on the external circumstances. Sometimes when life presents itself as a challenge. When you step out in faith that you can provide a particular service to a client, or you take on a few extra projects/employees this year. In those moments, we need to get good at listening for the gear change, and adjust accordingly.

Whether that means stepping it up a notch or two, pushing in to get the job done and persevere, or maybe you’re in a season that’s changing, and causes you to slow down to prepare for what’s up ahead. Either way. It’s a passing thought that sometimes life requires us to change gears. Have you noticed?