Random Thoughts. Could be worth read. Maybe not.
It’s not money that runs the world. It’s psychology. It’s emotions. It’s belief.
Every action you take stems from how you see the world & how you see yourself in the world. You operate within that context.
You sign into Facebook & keep coming back because you have emotions, because you want to be heard, you want to see what’s going on & keep up, because inherently we are social. The presentation of the site and what various parties are able to derive from it, that’s the value.
The underlying belief in Facebook is that communication is vital to life, there is opportunity in taking communication to the digital world & presenting that in the simplest way possible.
The best projects happen because of belief and constant activity which resulted in accordance with those beliefs over time. It’s not necessary that everyone around has the belief, it’s that you do & (it helps if a couple of other people do too). You see the problem, you know why it really is a problem & you see the ways to fix it & why you’re the one to do it. Start-ups are thought experiments, some are correct & make it, most are not so correct.
When you don’t meet some sort of external benchmark (monetary, vanity metrics) that is supposed to be met around a project or activity that you believe in and understand. It won’t throw you off kilter. It won’t matter. You take on the activity and conduct it for deeper reasons. You’re not in it for short term gains you’re in it for internal reasons. You could be crazy or you could be a genius and a silent hero.
The silent hero is what Nicholas Nassim Taleb says are those that go unrecognized because the works they've done prevent problems from happening. An excerpt from the NY Times states it more clearly.
“But there are even more mistreated heroes-the very sad category of those who we do not know were heroes, who saved our lives, who helped us avoid disasters. They left no traces and did not even know that they were making a contribution. We remember the martyrs who died for a cause that we knew about, never those no less effective in their contribution but whose cause we were never aware-precisely because they were successful. Our ingratitude towards the poËtes maudits fades completely in front of this other type of thanklessness. This is a far more vicious kind of ingratitude: the feeling of uselessness on the part of the silent hero.”
This, it seems is one of the biggest problems created by the instant feedback, instant gratification that we are all used to. It’s harder to look at problems that are more structural from a societal, economic & poltical perspective, they might take longer, they might take more work. But there’s real value in it. Present people lives are affected by it and the lives of future generations as well. The issue is, there might not be as much hype around these things, it’s hard to have entertainment value around discussing poverty, energy, & sustainable living but it’s what matters.
What do you believe? Are your actions aligned with what your beliefs are?