Motivation and Opportunity

As you may or may not know (I’m guessing you know by now if your kind of nerd-ish), Robert Scoble is leaving Microsoft. There’s tons of buzz going around the blog world. With that said, Mr. Scoble just published a post that, frankly, got my heart pumping and honestly brought a tear to my eye…

Scoble basically does a brain-dump in this posting, but there were several things that just hit home with me.

“I forget who said it, but I learned long ago that an industry will only be strong if it has great competitors in it. Imagine a mall that only had one shoe store. How boring. The most vibrant mall has dozens of shoe stores. How can they all survive? Easy, their competition draws more people into the mall.”

and then this…

“Oh, and then there’s the little thing about Google vs. Microsoft. When two big companies are struggling to build audiences to stick advertising next to it creates new opportunities. Startups can zig and zag where big companies just can’t take advantage of new opportunities the way someone like Cali can. Remember, she didn’t exist six months ago. SIX MONTHS AGO!!! And who the hell is Amanda? She didn’t exist 1.5 years ago. Now she’s been on CSI and big huge media companies are vying to get near her brand. What a world!”

If that wasn’t all of it I venture further down my feeds (using just the space bar ~ more info to come on this very soon!) and I am reading Josh’s open letter to Intel (his employer) to give him the opportunity to create a personable face to the company (similar to what Scoble did at Microsoft between his blog and Channel 9).

As I type this, my eyes are watering up. For as long as I can remember, this happens when something hits me in a passionate way. I get these “warm and fuzzies” when I read/know about people going out there and following their passion. My wife, Liz, and I were talking about this type of stuff earlier today. I guess it’s just all hitting home.

The timing couldn’t be any more perfect for Gnomedex coming up in a couple of weeks. Every time I go, I walk away with a million ideas running through my head and an unbelievable amount of motivation. Reading posts like the ones I read today get me even more pumped about opportunities that are out there and being able to collaborate with so many forward-thinking people.

Damn, I’m fired up.

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2 Responses to “Motivation and Opportunity”

  1. Josh Bancroft Says:

    Thanks for the link, Mike. I’ll keep everyone updated on the Intel thing – I hoope to have some good news to report soon!

    I can’t wait for Gnomedex, either. See you there! :-)

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