The hardest part of a project

At some point in your academic life, someone of a higher authority who had the ability to make your life at home a living hell had forced you to do a dreaded pro-longed version of homework. It was called *drum roll* a project! And while being in 7th grade and having accumulated a rainbow of swearwords to associate with your teacher’s name, what you didn’t realize is that school projects actually do you more good than bad.

Okay that may seem obvious. But the reality is that school projects teach you a very important lesson about life and that is how to follow through a plan an execute.

There is nothing harder in any project than getting the actual shit done. Graduate students have performed prolific studies on team dynamics and project management to address why humans have such difficulty getting things done. This disease, affectionately named the hope creep, does not discriminate. It gets the best of us and all a successful entrepreneur is someone who managed to beat the hope creep in one aspect of their life (I say that because chances are that entrepreneurs have a vast list of things they wish they could tackle, but hope creep ends up eating that list). The only way to be good at executing and following through is to do what everyone does if they want to be good at something – practice.

Practice by engaging in small projects with your community. Practice at school by taking arbitrary research papers to real scientific-method research (okay this may be only for the business students who have to write ‘white papers’ that are purely based on anecdotal research and hold no real statistical value in terms of generalization and conclusion). Practice at home by turning an old piece of furniture to one of your artistic masterpieces. The important thing is that you practice. You’ll become better at making things happen and those around you will notice.

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Waiting is for Waiters

Clichés are to the world of business as red underpants are to Superman, they’re inseparable. I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus here but if you go to any corporate office, entrepreneurial networking event or business class and you’ll see pant suits touching base, giving 110% and thinking outside the box for an action plan to pick low hanging fruit in order to add value and create win – win situations.  I could go on forever with business clichés but it’s a slippery slope. So for the sake of time, I will move forward and get to my story.

One particular cliché caught my attention and got me thinking about the truth behind it as it applies to business and life, in general: “All Good Things Come to Those Who Wait”…

…I call Bullshit.

This particular string of worldly advice only rings true for life’s teeniest pleasures. like having to wait the extra 90 seconds for your Microwave Pizza Pop or when the bartender has to change the keg on your favourite draught brew.  Otherwise, on the larger scale, the “all good things come to those who wait” saying is a huge load of bologna.

I realize that the sayings focus is patience, so take this with a grain of salt and realize that waiting and being patient are two very different things.  When it comes to life, waiting will get you nowhere.  Life is all about experiences and it’s experiences that drive stories of success.  Here is an example:  there is a certain popular television sitcom where the premise is a dad telling his kids a sequence of stories leading up to how he met the children’s mom.  Each episode is fill with hilarity and clever Canadian content.  But imagine the show quality if each episode were simply about him waiting? Ratings would plummet. Total Fail.

Same goes for the business world.  The entrepreneurial spirit in all of us drive us to continually take action to make whatever we are doing a success.  If you find yourself waiting for success, it will probably never come.  You have to take action, garner experience and create the success you are looking for.  If you’re trying to build up your portfolio of clients – get out there and network.  If you’re trying to bring your new product to market – showcase it at a tradeshow.  If you’re looking to crowdfund to raise money – let the world know what you’re doing and ask them to chip in a couple bucks.

At the end of the day, if you want to achieve a goal (whether it’s a goal for your business, school or life in general) – don’t wait. Take action and make things happen.  If you wait, opportunity may pass you by.

In a nutshell, it’s time to get your feet wet.  Although Rome wasn’t built in a day, don’t get stuck between a rock and a hard place.   The ball is in your court so step up to the plate, be proactive, strike while the iron is hot, swing for the fences and knock it out of the park.

But don’t take my word for it.  Ask anyone who has tried, failed, tried again and succeeded.

Angry Ninja

Press Release: Crowdfunding – Making it Happen for 2012

Angry Ninja PressVANCOUVER, BC – Canadian-based Springboard has spent the past year building and developing their crowdfunding website. Located at www.GetSpringboarded.com, the company has recently opened their site to the public and is now accepting project submissions. Springboard’s mandate is to help project starters raise funds for their top-quality business, passion and goodwill projects.

To start 2012, the company has posted their own business as the first crowdfunding project on their website.  Although its ironic that they’re using their own platform to raise funds, the team saw this as a great opportunity to earn a few more dollars to help them perfect their site.  More importantly, it enables them test out their platform and experience the challenges that come with crowdfunding a project.  “It’s extremely rewarding to post a project knowing that your friends, family and even strangers believe in what you do and support your project. But it comes with a lot of hard work and determination on your end as a project owner to make it happen” says Co-founder and Director of IT, Katherine Quan.

The company’s own crowdfunding project is currently sitting at 65% funded with just five days left to go.   “Support from others, and the development of a community of entrepreneurs and businesses is what’s going to help make Springboard successful in 2012″ adds Co-founder and Director Operations, Sean W. Bowles.  The company is currently accepting and reviewing project submissions.  We’re happy to meet with any potential project owner to help make their submission as strong and viable as possible” states James de Chavez, Co-founder and Director of Marketing and Sales.  The Springboard team has set it immediate goal of having it’s first official project fully funded this spring.

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To learn more about how to raise money for a project idea on Springboard, log ontowww.getspringboarded.com.  Springboard is a crowdfunding platform that lets people raise money for business, passion, or goodwill so that they can execute a project idea. 

Press Release: Springboard Pledges Forward with Full Rollout

VANCOUVER, BC – Following their soft-launch just two weeks earlier, Canadian crowdfunding site Springboard announced today that they are pledging forward with a full rollout.  Located at www.getspringboarded.com, users can now log on and start, or sponsor a fund raising project for small business, a personal passion or goodwill.  Springboard enables people with a great idea to collect small amounts of money through a large group of people through their peer-based, online funding platform.

While currently focused on the Canadian market, the website is capable of accepting local and international projects and sponsorships.  In order to start a project, users need to register for an account and complete the project submission form.  The company will review and approve projects based on the overall creativity of the idea, promotional plan, execution strategy and strength of the team.  “A project will have a higher likelihood of succeeding if it already has a solid execution plan in place” explains Sean Bowles, co-founder and director of operations.  “By reaching their target fund raising goal, both the project owner and sponsors will have the confidence knowing that the minimum amount of funds have already been secured in order to succesfully execute their plan.”

People who are interested in supporting projects can register for an account and provide sponsorship funds through PayPal, the company’s payment processor that’s integrated directly into the website.  Springboard is based on an all-or-nothing funding system, meaning sponsors are only charged for their sponsorship amount if the project raises 100% of it’s funding within their stated timeline, and are not charged anything if the project fails to reach its full funding goal. The site is currently live with the company posting their own project first, to demonstrate the functionality of the website.

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To learn more about how to raise money for a project idea on Springboard, log onto www.getspringboarded.com or contact press@getspringboarded.com.  Springboard is a crowdfunding platform that lets people raise money for business, passion, or goodwill so that they can execute a project idea.