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June 14, 2008


Damon Yudichak

What a great way to use a story to illustrate some very important points. In the beginning of the story I was applauding Basta for his persistence in spite of adversities. . I’m reminded of what Frank McCourt (author of Angela’s Ashes) said about writing. He stated that people think that it would be wonderful to write to experience flashes of genius. Frank McCourt said that is not how books are written. In order to write books you write ten pages a day and put them away. After a month you take out all of your pages and get rid of the 90% of the writing that is useless and you repeat the process until you have a good book.

This philosophy is applicable to most things in life. I recently saw Steve Martin on a TV show where he was playing the banjo with a number of other people. He has a new CD out of his banjo music. After the end of the song he was making some comments that he has been playing the banjo now for 40 years. He stated that when he started playing the banjo in his teenage years he wasn’t very good. But he thought to himself “you know if I keep playing and practicing, in 40 years I will probably be a decent banjo player.”

Needless to say Steve Martin realized that he wasn’t going to make his fortune by playing the banjo. He did realize that he had a knack for comedy. But he would have never made it big had he not gone on the comedy circuit and built up his reputation as a comic. He probably experienced a lot of failure on his way to making a name for himself.


Believing in a dream even at the cost of reality is the price an entrepreneur pays. And it is failure to give up without tasting the fruits of your labour, whether that labour be successful or not. Simply failure and cowardice.

Bernard Shaw " The reasonable man adapts to his surroundings, the unreasonable man adapts his surroundings to him - hence all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

Charlie Crystle

Only my tolerance of pain (and ignorance thereof) allowed me to make it to the many 99th nights I've had during 15 years worth of startups. Well, and some stupidity. But without that combination, I never would have started.

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