Something crazy happened recently. Before we discuss, consider these quotes…

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
-Thomas Watson (former CEO of IBM)

“This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.”
-Western Union Internal Memo (1876)

“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”
-William Thomson (1895)

Today, I have more computers in my home than Watson said were needed in the entire world… I personally do not know one person who doesn’t own a phone. And flying was impossible until it wasn’t.

Interesting Request: The crazy thing that happened was one of the people who told me not to start a company because it is too difficult texted me and asked me if I had a job for him. Perhaps he forgot about that conversation where he tried to tell me I shouldn’t pursue my dreams. But I didn’t forget.

Before POC: Yes, before proof of concept, most will call you insane… After proof of concept most will call you something nicer than insane. But as a friend to someone who has a crazy idea without any proof of concept, why wouldn’t you encourage them? Why would you ever do anything other than support them?

Support (Always Support): There is literally no downside to supporting and encouraging your friends when they are just getting started. If you support them and they fail, they will appreciate that you believed in them. If you support them and they succeed, they will never forget you.

Success: When success comes, people come out of the woodwork to be a part of it. More hands reaching for the pocketbook, and it becomes more difficult to know who to trust. So what do we do? We all go back to the people that believed in us before we were successful. Now we get to return the favor.

Final Thought: “Support your friends before it becomes popular to support them.” -probably Joe Burrow’s naysaying friends from high school

Happy Super Bowl weekend! Let’s go Bengals!

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