Embrace the Suck – Day 2

Drawing blind.

Drawing blind.

We started the day with blindfolds – drawing camels and cowboys, Eli and Jennifer. Looking at our collection of pictures we noted that drawing blind makes us more attentive to form and less distracted by details, it helps us to trust our intuition. It reminds me of this Anne Lamott excerpt from Bird by Bird:  Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.

From blindfolds we moved to a presentation by Joe Sulentic about social entrepreneurship. Joe’s main definition:  “Social value is the main difference between an entrepreneur and a social entrepreneur.”

He encouraged us to follow the example of the Navy SEALS and “embrace the suck” — know, as later presenter Andy Stoll would say, that you are going to take punches. It’s going to hurt. And incorporate that into the process. Along the way, look for opportunities, look for resources, look for team members.

Next up:  Andy Stoll and Amanda Styron, creators of the 10,000 Hours Project, The James Gang, and SeedHere.

Thought from Andy:  Social entrepreneurship is hard. It’s so much easier just to make money. It’s a ridiculous balance. … There’s this dance between, “Wow, I’m doing good, but I can’t eat or I’m making money but I feel like crap.”

He gave the example of giving everyone in a class $20 and seeing who has made the most money the next day. What if you add the twist of who has done the most good with their money?

Jessica sent this site for figuring out the value of volunteer time:  https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time

We closed the morning with three Downtown Project “doers”:  Zubin Damania, Turntable Health; Rehan Choudhry, Life Is Beautiful Festival; and Zach Ware, Shift (formerly Project 100). I am curious of the group’s “take aways” from these three presenters?

It would also be great to get some thoughts recorded about each of the field trips.

Onward to Day 3!


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