Aug. 17th, 2012

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!)

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