(pronounced [miËm] in IPA), as defined within memetic theory, comprises a theoretical unit of cultural information, the building block of cultural evolution or diffusion that propagates from one mind to another analogously to the way in which a gene propagates from one organism to another as a unit of genetic information and of biological evolution.
Entrepreneur Meme Fantastico
(pronounced [pa ncako eat mi: m) defined as stealing an idea from a blog for an internet meme while balancing a ball on one's head on Sunday, November 11th.
[This is all stream of thought ranting so feel free to ignore me. I know some dig my honesty and a look into my life so if you stop by for that sort of stuff please dig in.]
While enjoying the refreshing water of the magic internet tubes I ran into an amazing post about fear and entrepreneurs. Go read it if you interested as it it wonderful. In brief summary: Naomi Dunford argues that fear is normal and natural. Sometimes you just have to have a backbone and keep on going even if the results anger some folks. Or maybe, especially if the results anger some folks.
In the article she even lists some real fears she has. And to be honest, I love this. She has freed herself a bit with this ballsy move by displaying her heart in public for all to criticize. But there comes that whole “dealing with fear” thing again. So I thought why not give it a go, eh?
M Y Â Â F E A R S
- – That I will not be able to finish either of my new books for next year. I’m dying to share these with others and I need to get something new out before I die of old age at 25.
- – That no one will care about the SUPER SECRET pixelton novel and it’s SUPER SECRET surprise. I could have done something normal, but this idea make my heart jump. I hope other like it. Maybe a few heart jumps on their end too would be nice.
- – That I won’t be able to achieve the level of promotion I need to properly self-publish said book. I’m beginning to think finding a “real” publisher may be the best bet. I feel like I’m copping out though to be honest.
- – That my design studios will fail. That I won’t be as successful as I hope. That I will only deal with clients whose idea of creativity involves PowerPoint. That I won’t be able to eat. That I will be happy and complacent with any of the above. That I will forget why I started. That I will accept “Yes” or “No” with complacency. That I wake up wanting to be in a cubicle.
- – That I’m become less human with each day. I’m boxing myself off from the world systematically. By working 14+ hours a day, I’m doing the guy thing of “shutting down” from reality. I want to stop but don’t know how.
- – That I’m being unfair to my wife, my tiny dog, and my family and not giving them more time. More time to grow, and play, and flourish together.
- — That others will continue to see my care-free nature as weak. Then they are surprised when I launch WWIII based on a snide remark.
- – That I will continue to forget that everyday is a choice. And that within that there are millions of unique and personal chances to change the world.
- – Clowns. I’m very scared of clowns.
*sigh* I feel better. Now that my fears are out there they are easier to address with open eyes. [Places ball balancing on head, firmly on table. Walks away.]
Oh, and thanks for reading. If you are looking for more vaguely entrepreneurial resources, may I recommend the speech below. It is Guy Kawasaki speaking about the “Art of Innovation”. It seems to be based off of his excellent book The Art of the Start which is my bible right now.
Now that I’ve shared – What are your biggest, deepest fears? Any takers?