Don’t let a Little Resistance keep you from being great.
Do you remember the game Flappy Bird? No not Angry Birds, I am posting about the game Flappy Bird: A game created by Dong Nguyen that took the Mobil App market by storm for a short time. Nguyen was making $50,000 a day in ads off of the game and pulled the game during the height of its popularity.
As much of a story that someone would cancel a top selling game and other people would sell the phones for over a thousand dollars just because the game was loaded on their phone. As interesting as all of this is, the most interesting thing to me was that the game started out very slowly in the app market. The game was not an over-night success. Most people claimed they loved it and hated it at the same time.
As more people played the game it started to be tweeted 500,000 times a day. The app was one of the Top Ten Downloads and By Feb. 1, Flappy Bird was the number-one free game in 53 countries in the App Store. So would you pull one of the most popular apps in the world off the market? Remember Nguyen did not pull the app while it was moving slowly and almost looked like it would die on the vine. No during this time he was updating the game. The game did not become popular until Nguyen was met with resistance, people were actually hating the game as much as they were liking it. Nguyen did not let a little resistance keep him from creating one of the most popular apps at the beginning of 2014. He more than likely just wanted to make a game that was fun, not something offensive or just for the attention.
So I ask you, will you let a few bumps in the road stop you from reaching your goals. Will you keep on chasing your dreams even if not a lot of people jump on your bandwagon or even if people stand in your way? If you are not causing harm to others and not just trying to steal the spotlight from someone else, will you let a little backlash keep you from your dreams?
Dong Nguyen is not like most of us. A lot of us would have given up before reaching our goals. And for those of us who would have stuck around and made it, few of us would have pulled one of the Top Downloaded Free Apps while it is at the height of its popularity and bringing in thousands of dollars each hour of the day in ad revenue. He wasn’t being sued but did he use a little smoke and mirrors to make the game a success?
Whatever the verdict, was it his own hype? Did the game just take off? Either way, it was not an over-night success. Dong Nguyen found the formula by sticking with it until it worked. Why he pulled the plug, we may never know the truth.
Don’t let a little resistance keep you from make your dreams come true.
If someone has to tell you want you should be doing, you are probably not doing what you should be doing.
If you have read this tag line and are not scratching you head, then you are way ahead of me; but if you are asking “What is this guy talking about,” then I got you right where I want you. Keep reading. If someone has to tell you want you should be doing, you are probably not doing what you should be doing.
Every job has a learning curve; otherwise you should get a raise because you are really smart, or you should take a pay cut because the job is too easy. Once you get to a certain point on the learning curve, you should be seeking out more information. I am not talking about the training phase of a job where you need to be taught what to do, I am talking about the phase in a job where you are pretty good at what you do and you should be discovering things for yourself. If someone has to always be checking in on you, telling you what to do; then maybe are not really a good fit for the job.
Does your job leave you tired, bored, depressed and distressed? Are you only there for the money? If so, slowly but surely the stress will build up and even though you may not be working any smarter or harder; you will feel underappreciated and undervalued. We have all seen the advertisements “Are you stuck in a dead-end job!” If these ads peak your interest, then you should “Not” be doing what you “Are” doing, you should be doing something else.
Have you ever heard the saying “A job well done is its own reward!” That is true if you like what you are doing. If you don’t like what you are doing, the job will seem like torture, and it will make it very hard for you to do a good job. And when you do a good job at a job you don’t like; you want more money, more time off, more appreciation and recognition. If you are at a job you don’t like, you will probably be told what you should be doing, even though you know what you should be doing. Is it making sense yet?
If you are constantly being told what you should be doing, even when you know what you should be doing, you probably don’t like what you are doing and you should be doing something else; you should be doing something you like to do. If you “Like” what you are doing, you will naturally continue to learn, grow and get better at what you do. You will stop being told what to do, and you will begin to ask what you should be doing; and you will begin to find new and better ways to do what you should be doing. Again, if you are constantly being told what you should be doing, you are probably not doing what you should be doing.
Now readers of 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo, should know that I believe in truth, purpose, talent and dream chasing. If you are not using your talents to chase your dreams, and if you do not know your purpose; then you are trading time for money at a job you probably will not like, and more than likely will not feel fulfilled. OK I use a lot of run-on sentences. So let me try this again. If you are constantly being told what you should be doing, then you are probably not doing what you should be doing!
It is my firm belief that to be happy, you have to like what you are doing!