[personal profile] jim_p
Well, my kickstarter did not reach its funding goal. As the final days wound down and it became apparent despite every hope that I would not make it, I was brought back to my days in the high school marching band playing at football games. It seems no matter how bad things got, the cheerleaders never let up. I mean, we're talking being down 35-3, 4th-and-9 on your own 40 yard line with one minute left to play, and the cheerleaders chanting "That's alright/That's okay/We're gonna win it/Anyway!". I wanted to roll my eyes and shout "Give it a rest already!"

At what point to do you look at the trend line and decide "Chances are we're NOT going to win this, and it's time to plan accordingly"?

IS there such a thing as a cheer for "We're gonna lose, but with dignity"?

This is one of the things that brought down Curt Schilling's company, BTW. From his baseball days he was of the mind-set that you don't give up even when you're down to your final out and it looks hopeless. Who knows, your next three batters might all hit home runs and you could pull it off anyway! This is why he never prepared himself *or* his employees for the possibility of the company going under -- there was always one more hope, one more miracle, one more trick that could let them land on their feet.

Is this EVER a good attitude to take outside of sports?

(BTW - I'm going to relaunch a modified kickstarter; watch this space for details!)

Date: 2012-08-18 06:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] muffyjo
I think it's hard to see your ambition not make it to the goal you had planned. But it's also a motivating factor unto itself, each time you learn more of how things DON'T work (just like Edison and his light bulb) until you find a way to make it work.

I think losing with dignity is always an option. Failure isn't as bad as we make it out to be. It's not a punishment for something you did wrong to your first grade teacher behind her back or something, it's just a set-back and probably a couple of lessons on things you need to change or reframe to proceed onward.

If you didn't try, if you didn't go in working hard to meet the goal...it wouldn't be an honest effort and you'd certainly not garner respect. If you tried and you didn't meet goal but gave it serious effort, then you should go out with your head held high.

Hold on tightly, let go loosely.
Edited Date: 2012-08-18 06:23 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-08-19 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] awfief.livejournal.com
The problem is you don't know if it's going to be a failure until after it's over.

Take it as a lesson learned; I believe you yourself said that your kickstarter wasn't doing well because you weren't doing enough to promote it....start with that kind of a fix. At least, unlike the cheerleaders, you have the power to change things. Cheerleaders can only look on the sidelines and try to support the team.

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