Friday, March 30, 2012

Fun Stuff

The lottery is fun.  Sure, you will probably never win.  However, statistically, you have a chance.  A very small chance, but that is what makes it fun.  I think I like to play the lotto because of the fantasies it allows me.  Adults usually don't have the time to dream up fantasies because reality is too demanding.

Playing the lotto gives each of us a chance to fantasize.  We get to dream about complete financial freedom and what we would do, the types of lives we could live, the people we could associate with, the things we could own and the places we could travel and the positive influences we could be with all that money.

I think that is where most people fantasies end.  Your fantasies can become a reality without millions of dollars!  It doesn't take millions to be a good person.  At this stage in my life, I cannot back this up with examples of awesome travels or exuberant philanthropy, but, it is my hope that I will be able to live out my dreams and fantasies without winning the lotto.  I will work to make some money.  Then I plan on having fun and being the best person that I can be.

Business Stuff

...So, the business experiment didn't go so well.  It did keep me busy for awhile and I learned a lot from the experience.  I am proud to know that I had a business in MY name.  One that I invented and brought into existence.

Knowing I had a business, was an entrepreneur, is also the problem.  I'm disappointed in myself for failing.  I can't deny that the business was a complete flop.  I think the themes of EvlovE are well thought out, but, the business strategy we used didn't work.  In fact, we didn't really have a business strategy.  We had an idea and tried to morph that idea into a business without doing any real research.  For us, this didn't work out.  Some people's ideas are so revolutionary that they take off immediately without much work on their part.  That is what my team hoped for.  That is the primary reason we failed.

Our timing was also poor.  We launched a respectable, fully functional, website on schedule.  However, soon after the launch, school picked up (~14hrs/day) and we became so exhausted that dealing with a business was the last thing we wanted to do when we got home.  As a result, EvlovE became an afterthought and no significant efforts were made to sell t-shirts.

We each lost a few hundred dollars by establishing this business and then having a couple hundred t-shirts printed.  That hurts a little, but, I do hope that I get another chance to start a business.  It may not be selling t-shirts, but whatever it is, WILL be successful.

I have learned a lot by failing in this venture, probably more than I recognize.  I can't wait to try again and do it right.