Marelisa at Abundance Blog has a fantastic post about a Stanford professor, who challenged her business school students to raise as much money as possible with $5 in ‘seed money’ and 2 hours of time. All groups were to prepare a one page Power Point slide and a 3 minute talk to share their findings with the class.
What could you do?
Hint! The most successful groups ignored the apparent limitation posed by the $5 – and didn’t use the seed money at all
Hint! The top group ignored the apparent limitations posed by the $5 and the 2 hours – and focused on the value of the 3 min. presentation
Amazing results followed.
Questions for you:
- Are you letting the obstacles or limitations sitting right in front of your nose get in the way of seeing the possibilities just beyond?
- Can you look at a current problem in a different way – sideways, upside down, from the perspective of an entrepreneur or a business person or an artist or a tiger tamer – and come up with a completely different approach?
- If the limitations that get in the way of finding or pursuing your calling were eliminated – what could you do? What’s stopping you? Is it REALLY stopping you??
- What opportunities are out there that you’re ignoring?
- What ASSUMPTIONS are you making about your situation?
Consider taking one step: Identify your blocks or obstacles – and then, ask yourself, are they really preventing me from doing what I need to do?
Are you spending a lot of time planning your NEXT GREAT THING? Stop planning! Get out there and experiment! Try it – a little bit at a time. One of the best lessons from the class (for me) was that one group learned during the 2 hour period, while they were executing their plan – and their iterative learning netted them more money than simply following their original plan. But this could only happen while DOING – could not have been predicted while planning. So – TRY! DO! EXPERIMENT! What’s the worst that could happen?
And please share your comments and feedback – I’d love to hear them!
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