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Friday, February 19, 2010

Only in America!

This 5 min 11 sec clip deviates from my traditional material; however, after watching I think you will agree that it has everything to do with the theme of "thinking big."


Sunday, February 14, 2010

the power of $5

Here's a 6 min 11 sec clip from Tina Seelig, a professor of entrepreneurship at Stanford. She had students get into groups and then gave each group $5 and 2 hours to bring back as much money as possible. Watch the clip here:


What would you do?

My first thought was to play bigger or better - buy something with the $5 and then go door-to-door asking for something bigger or better. I've only played it once and I went from a one cent paper clip to a $10 soccer ball in 20 min. Replicating that with $5 and 2 hours would yield $30,000. Of course, this probably couldn't be replicated because of decreasing rates of return, but you can get the idea.

Think Big

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Doug Haycock brought up a really good question in a comment on my first blog post - What are my blog goals?

Goal #1 - Provide content that expands minds and inspires others to think Big

Goal #2 - There exists a void between meaningless 140 character tweets, and wordy blogs that nobody has time to read. My goal is to fill that void

Goal #3 - Blog as often or as little as I can fulfill goal #1

Think Big
Last night I had a man date with a very good friend. He developed a bit of software that uploads documents directly onto a commercial printer. He was getting ready to sell it when a colleague of his helped open his mind. This colleague happened to have significant connections with Adobe and told him that he could get Adobe to purchase the code for $5 million.

Good decision or bad decision? Perhaps the better question: Why would Adobe pay $5 million for a piece of code? Because they already have a working relationship with the 35,000 commercial printers in America, and many more internationally. Adobe could make a very quick 4x ROI within the first year, and then plenty more on top of that.

Good decision. Think Big my friends.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

in the thick of thin things

Having avoided blogging for years, I have finally been inspired to create a blog by an elixir of a really boring finance class, a girl sitting next to me who just started her blog about marketing (www.janicekopaunik.com), and a series of recent networking experienses that have inspired me to get more connected to the world...more on those later. Here is the vision of my recently created adventure:

Inspire others to think big and break the bondage of mediocrity through example

Here's the irony - the name of my blog suggests the complete opposite, and I'm writing this blog instead of paying attention in class, thus limiting my potential to think big. Lastly, many probably consider blogging to be mediocre by nature.

Aside from a rough start, I'm going to try to stick to my vision.

Just in case this blog sucks, here's a joke that will make you laugh.

Q: What's the difference between roast beef and pea soup?
A: Anyone can roast beef