How to handle naysayers when starting a business?


– So one of the hardest things when you are starting as an entrepreneur, when you’re trying to start
some type of anything, whether it’s a business or a
nonprofit or an organization, is you’re going to wanna share your idea and what you’re working
on with a lot of folks, and you’re going to get
different reactions. And it’s not unlikely that you’re going to get a lot of folks who
will tell you things like, “Well, this is already done before. “Why do you think you’re
going to be able to do it?” or “This has never been done before. “Why do you think you’re
going to be able to do it?” And it’s very hard to judge whether, okay, are they just being
naysayers and just being negative and I should just power through it, or should I listen seriously
to what they have to say? And like all things, take
this all with a grain of salt, it’s hard to know for sure,
but I like to think about whether people are coming
from a point of view of that they really want you to succeed. And if there are people in your life that you know at the end of
the day have got your back and really want you to succeed, I would listen to what they’re saying. Now, it doesn’t mean what they’re
saying is absolutely true. It’s completely possible
that they might have a different tolerance
for risk than you do, but it’s worth processing. It’s worth at least listening. And sometimes when people say, “Oh, well, this has been tried before. “Why do you think you
doing it is going to work?” Well, the answer to that is sometimes how you do it matters a lot
more than the idea itself. Khan Academy is an example of that. I wasn’t the first person to think that online could be a way
to disseminate information. I wasn’t the first person to think that software could personalize
education for folks. I wasn’t the first person
to make content on YouTube or to help teach people through video. But there was something about
how it all came together and also the time and space and how accessible it was
that things caught on. And that would’ve been
very hard to predict had I not at least tried. And the way that I protected myself from both the positive and negative, positive and negative feedback
(laughs) was I told myself, “You know what? “This is all good information. “I’m going to listen to
what people have to say, “but I’m also going to try it. “And I’m gonna try it in a
way that I can start to learn “what is actually working
and what’s not working.” And if you can work on
your day job, so to speak, while you start to
fiddle and you can start to build those data points
and points of confirmation that you might be on to something, well, then it makes you a
little bit more resilient to what folks might tell you. And you should keep listening, but you shouldn’t rest everything on necessarily what everyone tells you.

Why I QUIT my DREAM JOB as an industrial designer



going so I have something to show you what kind of a surprise as well my wife she works at a shelter and we found this dog day hi how are you she actually didn't get along with thee I guess the owners didn't get along with her so it was either take her here or she would actually be put down it's gonna be here for a couple of days and hopefully we can get someone to adopt her right you want to get adopted if you know anybody in the Tampa st. Pete area who wants a dog she's super friendly and good with cats as you can see so if she's super chill and if you know anybody let me know what is up everybody is Myron here with a new sketching video and I'm just gonna doodle in this video not really sketch anything in particular but what I am going to do is I'm going to talk about the journey to becoming a designer and why what I'm doing right now and why basically the story behind what I studied and what I worked where I work and what I'm doing right now it was a question in the comments on I think the previous video so I thought why not make a video on it and doodle something at the same time if you've been following my journey for a while or my Instagram or YouTube or any of the social media I think you know that I'm from Sweden and I write now I live in the u.s. I live in Florida I started the I always wanted to be a designer and my dream when I was a kid was to was to work as a designer sketch cool stuff next to the beach and that was my main goal for four yes since I was like eight years old I always want that that was what I wanted to do so I started by you know I always had a passion for sketching obviously because that's what I love doing and I thought how can I make a living sketching stuff and especially how can I make a living sketching stuff while I live next to a beach in a sunny warm place so that was kind of what I had in the back of my head for a very long time and I kind of led all my decisions that that guided my decisions so I studied I applied for bachelor degree in industrial design in Sweden and then I got in and as soon as well it's called mid Sweden University great school had a lot of fun I met some awesome people there good friends that I wish were living closer but it was a great time and that was three years after that I felt like cars are you know I love to sketch cars so maybe I should try becoming a car designer so that's what I did I applied to Italy to SPD and same thing there I got in to SPD in Milan and that was a year of master degree so that was cool got in there got to sketch some cars and this is kind of where where things started to change for you know for me because I had this image of what a car designer was and what what you did as a car designer but that image China changed in Italy I kind of need naive image of what I was going to do I thought it was gonna sketch cool cars all day but obviously that's not how car design works and if you're a professional car designer you're probably laughing at me right now which I totally understand that was not what I was going to do so I cannot Italy kind of gave me the feeling that there's a lot of politics I guess involved in car design and who gets picked to do what and stuff like that and you know personally I don't want any of that stuff all I want to do is to sketch things use my markers my my legendary big pen at this point and some some random printing paper and just sketch things that's that's what I ever wanted to do I thought I wanted to be a car designer but not really so hokey run so let's cut to after Italy I got my master's degree now I guess I was going to apply for a job somewhere I still had the dream of living next to a beach so I applied to to I worked a bit in Italy and Switzerland for that was very short time around three months I think after I graduated we did some I just did some concept sketches for for a couple of companies there and after I left that place I went home to Sweden and started applying the crap out of you know company so I just applied everywhere there was abroad and that met the criteria of having a beach close to so I I applied back to South of France Italy Australia I applied here obviously to the US I even applied to Canada because I thought why not I mean it would be a cool country to go and work working so I sent out I still have my old emails in my old Gmail account of all the applications that I sent out and there were a lot of applications allah-allah a hundreds maybe a hundred a day for a month or so to all kinds of companies letting them know what you know what I have to offer so I tried to do some research I didn't have a template of an email that I sent out so this took a lot of time but what I did I tried to research the company that I was sending the email to and tried to figure out what my specific skill set could help them with so what if I was the owner of the company and I was applying myself to my own company how would I present myself as a potential employee at that at my own company yeah I want to know what I can bring to the table that's number one why am I paying you to be here in my company so I was trying to figure out what they needed help with and if I was a right good fit for them if I actually can help them if I if I knew that I couldn't help them with my skills I just wouldn't apply simply simple like that long story short I got the job in Florida moved over here spent it was a small design studio I spent about a year and a half there I quit that job because I felt something was missing I went online I started the sketch monkey that's that's what I wanted to do I wanted to sketch I didn't really want to go through an entire project it took six months and do sketching for two weeks and then just do rhino and alias for I don't know how long months I just didn't like to do that and I also felt like the 95 style of lifestyle is just not something I can do I don't like to be told when I can do something I don't like anybody else to have control over my time that's a that that kind of came slowly that that realization just getting to know myself basically over these years what I actually want to do and I didn't know that from start I thought I wanted to work as a designer but that that was not the case so fast-forward I got another job in Deerfield Beach which is close to Fort Lauderdale and it was a great job a great workplace everything was perfect I had my car my Mustang and you know all the everything you can ask for from a from a job basically but I still wasn't happy and I couldn't really figure out why until I realized that you know either you keep going right now you're very comfortable I'm very comfortable at this job and I can do this for yeah sure I can I can stay here and do you know be comfortable or I can just go for whatever what it is I really want to do which is to sketch everyday and what I'm doing right now like talk with you guys and sketch on a video this is what I want to do with my time like I love doing this so I can't do it when I work at 9:00 to 5:00 and this is not my only light this is not this is definitely not the only thing I do during my days I have a couple of online businesses that I started as well in outside of sketching that doesn't have to do anything with anything to do with design it's a couple of ecommerce businesses so I spent my time doing that and it's going really well at the moment I'm not you know I don't regret anything because I I don't like being comfortable when I feel like I get too comfortable I know that something has to change and that's exactly what happened and when I quit my job so I quit my job in August of 2016 and I've been self-employed ever since since that day and I would not change change it for anything so I guess I hope that answered the question that was posted how did I get here Oh or I just wanted to I don't think I ever told told you about the whole story like this before so I think it's a good idea to do that and if you want to be a designer I mean go for it until you're there you don't really know what you're going to think about it if you're gonna like it or not so the only only way to do that is to basically you know just go ahead and go after it and then when you're there you might love it I don't know I know a lot of people a lot of my friends designer friends just love their jobs which is totally cool happy for them it just wasn't for me and that that applies to any job I just don't like having a job that's that that's the main I guess the main issue or if you want to call it an issue or whatever but the main main thing here so I it's not that it doesn't matter where I would work it's still the thing the thing about owning my own time that's the most important thing for me and you know I don't want to have to talk to engineers all day which is great because I gave engineers a sketch like this and you know what's what happens I see the product gets engineered which means that basically ruins everything that I want want to put in the product it's either too costly or the you know the they don't have the molds it can't create the moles to create it and boring stuff like that did I don't really care about which makes me a bad designer I know but that's the whole reason why I quit the design industry and just focus on sketching these days so that's that's about it I mean I don't know what else to tell you if you want to know anything else just let me know more than happy to talk about anything you want to know I've kind of done the journey to you know to get from wherever you are right not to becoming a designer so if you have any questions about that just let me know and I'm not sure where I'm going with this sketch it looks like what am i this is like the this car right here is the template of a 3/4 rear view that I sketched whenever I when I don't think about what I'm sketching like right now I didn't even like whoa it's a car here I didn't even think think about sketching when I was sketching this so I guess this is my default design and I think you know that because this car is all over my youtube channel maybe I should maybe I should build this car someday that would be cool but just focus on what you want it because I think I think it takes some time to get to know what you really really want to do that's not something you know when you're like 18 or 20 and under I don't think you know really what you want to do because even if you think you do that it's going to change that's about it comments below if you have any questions I'm gonna stop this video right here and that's about it thank you so much for watching I hope I didn't ramble too much I don't know I probably did but it's alright I hope you got the yep the points across I hope to see you next time and take it easy guys you

Understanding economic growth | AP Macroeconomics | Khan Academy



in this video we're going to talk about economic growth and I want to be very careful here because depending on the context people including economists might mean different things by economic growth in everyday language when people are talking about economic growth they're usually just talking about an expansion in the output of an economy over time so if real GDP is increasing they might consider that to be economic growth but the context that we're going to talk about in this video and this is one that you might see in an introductory economics class or in an AP economics class we aren't just talking about an increase in real GDP over time we are talking about an increase in the full employment output over time regardless of where we are in the economic cycle so keep that in mind as you watch this video if we're just talking about the increase of real GDP we're gonna call that an expansion not necessarily economic growth and we're going to call real GDP decreasing as being equal to a contraction when we talk about economic growth we're actually talking about the full employment output increasing and this could happen somewhat independently of where we are in the actual economic cycle let's do a little diagram to make that a little bit clearer so right over here I have plotted real GDP of an economy versus time and what you see here in yellow is how the real GDP is fluctuating and it's fluctuating around its full employment output let's pick this time right over here call it t sub 1 so right at this point that is our full employment output let's call it Y sub F sub 1 but we see that our economy is performing above our full employment output we have a positive output gap if we go from that point in time fast forward a little bit to t2 so let's go to T sub 2 here because the y sub F right over here the full employment output right here is flat according to this we would have experienced any economic growth from T sub 1 to T sub 2 even though the real GDP would have grown we have grown from this point to this point right over here so one way to think about it is we are expanding as long as this curve is upward sloping but if the full employment output is not changing we are not experiencing economic growth the times where we actually are experiencing economic growth are times where our full employment output is changing so let's say from this time right over there to this time right over there and notice that is happening theoretically during a contraction this is a contraction right over here where real GDP is actually pulling back but if we knew truly what the full employment output were and we're able to plot it like this theoretically we actually are experiencing economic growth here despite a contraction to appreciate this let's look at other models that we have studied in economics so we think about a production possibilities curve the ones that we typically see only have two goods or services a real economy is going to be much more complex it would have millions of goods and services but it's very hard to draw a million dimension production possibilities curve but what this shows us is at a snapshot in time what is the full employment output and it shows us the trade-off between these two goods or services now if we're in a situation where we're behind the production possibilities curve that is a negative output gap and it's possible that over time we go from this negative output gap back to the production possibilities curve that would be an expansion in the economy but by the definition that we're talking about here which is not what is typically talked about in the news or something like this we would not call that economic growth economic growth happens when we push out the production possibilities curve when we have an increase in our full employment output so economic growth is maybe through some new technology or some more workers or resources or just better institutions we're able to push our production possibilities curve out this is an example of economic economic growth so for example this could be our production possibilities curve at let's say t3 where this is t sub 3 right over here and then this is our production possibilities curve at t sub 4 where this is t sub 4 right over here where our full employment output has increased we can also think about the same idea using our aggregate demand or aggregate supply model when we study that we saw that in the short run because of say a demand shock or a supply shock we could be operating to the left or the right of our full employment output creating these positive or negative output gaps but over time we're going to gravitate back to this full employment output and so as long as our production possibilities curve isn't getting pushed out isn't changing or as long as our long-run aggregate supply curve is not changing according to the definition that I'm talking about in this video we are not seeing economic growth the analog for what we saw in this PPC curve is maybe this is the long-run aggregate supply curve at t 3 but if our economy has more resources maybe more population more natural resources better technology better institutions maybe it's able to produce more at full employment and in that situation our long-run aggregate supply curve would shift to the right and so this could be our long-run aggregate supply curve at time T 4 so this is full employment output let's call that sub 3 this would be full employment output sub 4 the big takeaway here is regardless of where we are in the expansion or contraction of our business cycles the economic growth is the change in that blue line and if we're looking at the PPC it's a shift out of our PPC of our production possibilities curve if we're looking at the aggregate demand aggregate supply model it is a shift to the right of our long-run aggregate supply and once again what are the things that can cause that and these are good to know there's a notion of capital traditionally people have just thought hey more factories more resources more land maybe that will push things out and it definitely could but more modern definitions are thinking human capital hey if we have a better educated workforce a more skilled workforce that can also matter people also think about things like technology if we can discover better ways of putting together the resources we have that can also increase our productivity and that what we would call technology in an economics context and things like institutions matter as well you could imagine if your bureaucracy is really slows things down if it takes forever to get a permit to do something well that might put a hamper on what the full employment output is but if the institution's become much more efficient well then that might allow the country allow that economy to produce more at full employment so all of these things could push out your PPC could push your long-run aggregate supply curve to the right or cause this blue curve which represents your full employment output to move up over time all of that would be economic growth

Construct 2 Tutorial – Platform Game Course



hello everyone my name is dead and i'm here to introduce to you my new course for construct 2 platformer games in this course you will learn how to build a basic platformer level similar to Super Mario Brothers you will create a hero and an enemy with animations you create basic enemy AI you will create breakable and bonus blocks you'll create a tunnel to a bonus level and so much more if you're interested in this series the first video is free for preview to see if it's a good fit for you once you've purchased a course you will have access to any add-ons that I put out for this course in the future along with access directly to me with questions so I thank you for your time and I hope you enjoyed the preview of the platformer series click here to watch it now

The Business Model Canvas – 9 Steps to Creating a Successful Business Model – Startup Tips



so one of the interesting things about thinking about a start-up is how is your company going to be organized and what we now know is the most efficient way to think about all the pieces just all the parts is by a business model and so the next question is okay Steve you just told me to think about a business model but what is a business model what are all the pieces well let's take a look and a business model is how a company creates value for itself while delivering products or services for its customers now if you think about it in the old days we think about how to organize a company around functional organizations we think no no a company is about its sales department or its engineering department and you would draw an org chart but now we're going to draw a very different diagram we're going to draw a diagram how to think about all the pieces of a business and so let's take a look at these nine boxes the nine boxes to describe any company from the world's largest to a two-person startup starting in your parents garage let's take a look at the first piece called the value proposition the value proposition answers the question what are you building and for who the value proposition says hey it's not about your idea product it's about solving a problem or a need for a customer that is what pain are you solving what gain are you're creating and more importantly who are your customers now value proposition is a fancy word for what product or service are you building this is where you normally would list all your features and here's all the speeds and feeds and benefits and whatever but we're really going to be asking a different question than might have been used to it's not all about your technology your technology is just part of the value proposition customers really don't care about your technology the customers are trying to solve a problem or fulfill a need by the way we'll be talking about this through multiple lectures the difference between a problem and a need is a problem is I have an accounting problem or I want to use a word processor and and those types of products solve a problems but there are other things that human beings do like I want to be entertained or I want to have a date those are some basic hardwired social needs or I want to communicate with my friends like Facebook or Twitter those are needs these are different than problems and by the way if you could find products that solve needs your total available market as you'll see later is huge compared to I solve specific problems so the next thing is who are my customers who are they and why would they buy and as you'll hear a number of times your customers do not exist to buy you exist for them and what you're going to do by getting out of the building is figuring out all their geographic social characteristics demographics such that you actually could draw and put up a picture of on your wall of who the archetype is or who the persona is of your customer and it turns out that in most startups you might have more than one or two or three types of customer archetypes and personas but you need to understand them in detail and there is no possible way you could have anything but a hypothesis on day one of who they are the next is channels how does your product over here get to your customers over here and we use distribution channels to do that now what's really interesting is pre 1990s the only channels to get to a customer was a physical channel that is you went to a store you had sales people there was physical distribution but since the mid-1990s in the last couple of decades we now have virtual channels the web mobile cloud and so distribution channels the first question you want to ask is how will I be selling and how do I be distributing my products are they through physical channels or they web mobile or given today almost every physical channel also has a web presence what is the relationship of how your product gets from your company to the customers customer relationships it's kind of the fourth piece and customer relationships has a really interesting interaction with these other three pieces it basically says how do I get customers how do I keep them and how do I grow them and just like thinking about distribution channels these are very different for web mobile than they are for physical channels but visually they kind of look like this double-sided funnel so let's just take a look at quickly a web example in getting customers you're gonna be worrying about how do i acquire them that is how do I get them even to my website how do I activate them that is how do I make them do something and then later on we'll see after I got them how do I keep them around that is how do I not lose them through attrition and churn and then what can I do once I have customers to make them spend more money or use my product even more and so one of the things we'll be thinking about is how do I get keep and grow customers and just like every other step you might have hypothesis on day one but you're only going to figure this out when you're out of the building the next thing is revenue streams how do you actually make money from your product or service being sold to customer segments you know revenue streams basically ask the question what value is the customer paying for and then actually has you think about what's the strategy of how I'm gonna capture that value is it I'm gonna just have a direct sale and it's a complete a transaction based on price is it a freemium model where I'm going to give away the product for free and hope that some portion convert later is it a license or subscription model that revenue model is different than the pricing tactics that is what is the dollar or pound amount or euro amount that I'm gonna be charging again the only way to figure this out is being able to interact with tens or hundreds or thousands of customers so you finally understand what the right revenue stream and revenue model is next piece you want to think about is one of the key resources what do you need to make the business model work what assets are important and what's an example of an asset and in a key resource well finance do you need capital do you need a line of credit some assets are and resources are physical do you need physical plan to like the manufacturing line do you need specialized machines do you need vans and for delivery do you need cars is there something else you need if there are intellectual property you need is there patents you need to acquire or protect do you need to acquire customer lists or is it just that you need to get great people great software programmers in a specific area or great hardware designers or great manufacturing people and then finally again at the interaction between intellectual and human capital is that's another key resource what specifically do you need to do to keep these people and who are they the next pieces who are your key partners and suppliers and partnerships are kind of interesting is we need to ask ourselves before what's the deal is what exactly are we acquiring from partners and also what activities are they going to perform and when and this is where startups sometimes make a mistake of thinking well large companies do partnerships I guess I need those two on day one it turns out the types of partnerships you need in year one are certainly not the ones you're going to need in your three or five or ten and the types of partnerships could be strategic alliances joint ventures just regular suppliers and buyers and so you need to be thinking through who they are and actually getting out of the building and testing them next our key activities what's the most important things you need to do for the business to make the business model work are you in the production business you know are you making something or are you in the problem-solving business like you're doing consulting or engineering or are you managing supply chains what what are the key activities you need to become expert at and then finally all this adds up on the left-hand side over here to costs what are the cost and expenses to operate the business model one of the interesting things about cost is it's not just the obvious ones like people or buildings or materials what you're really gonna be asking or what are the entire costs to operate our business model and so you want to think about our what are the most important costs you need to worry about what are the most expensive resources you're going to need to pay for and what key activities are the most expensive and then you want to ask the typical accounting things what are fixed costs what are variable costs are there economies of scale and you want to start getting a good handle on what it is that will end up costing you money to run your business

Industrial Design Sketching – Where to Put Markers!



okay so we have a world line work here and what we're gonna do now is I'm going to show you a few ways to add marker to the sketch and what you want to think about when you do that so I'm going to use let's see what I'm going to use three different markers so let's see if these variety of different markers maybe this one will work as well let's see sure we can use that one so whenever I start with markers I want to start with the lightest marker in this case we're going to make an orange car so I'm going to start with yellow and this is going to cover most of the car except for where we have or highlights and burn points and those are the points where the light is such a strong reflection that it's basically white so you want to keep the paper white there because then you don't have to fill it fill it in later on with white ink so just keep just have the paper doing the work if that makes sense so I always do a horizon line like this and this is to visualize where the shoulder line of the car is so the higher the shoulder line is and that is this line right here the higher this line is the more aggressive or sporty the car is usually that's how it works but nowadays all cars basically all cars have their shoulder on line and very high up it just gives it more muscular feel and it looks cool so what we're going to start with is to figure out whether light source is coming from so I'm going to have the light source coming from up here right yeah I hope you can see the arrow from up here and what you want to do now is to basically start filling in this horizon line here and by that I mean the whole side of the car up until the line that you just put out in between the wheels and you can adjust this line to have it wherever you want to have it on the sketch as I said the higher up the cooler the car or the higher up the more sporty the car is going to look basically so I'm just going to fill this in right now like that and do the same thing on this front fender right here so I'm going to cut that off right there somewhere and this yes this is just one style of infinite amount of styles to sketch a car this is just the way I prefer to do it there are probably easier ways to sketch a car with markers because you can skip all these lines just make it yellow the whole thing and then just add some white ink to it for example but this is how I want to do it and then we have this fender over here now you can see that this surface here this surface right here is facing us that means that it's in the shade at least some of it is in the shade so I'm going to add yellow on there and this the opposite side is facing the Sun so that's going to be why I'm going I'm going to keep it white for now I might add some yellow later on but for now I'm going to keep your wife and I'm gonna add the the this part here and I don't know what to call it really but the the space above the shoulder line I want to have that yellow as well at least with the first layer of yellow which is the brightest one because I'm going to use orange later on anyway so something like that that's a good start and we might want to add some on the hood as well because now the whole entire hood is white so we can add some yellow in here why not just play around with it and I think that looks cool also add up there and I think we're done with the first layer of markers basically the easiest way to do this is to look at sketches that you enjoyed that you like and then try to copy those sketches and try to think about why why the reflections actually go where they are on the sketch alright so right now I'm going to jump into the next layer of markers which is a yr 14 and I'm gonna fill in just add some depth to this and going fast over here and I want to keep the middle white and the base lines are going to get some orange on them as well and also around the wheels something like that what I'm doing now I'm emphasizing the horizon line so I want to add a I want to make this line here stand out and the same thing with this line over here with the horizon line that continues around the corner of the car and you see this nose here this line this surface is facing towards the ground that means that it's going to have a darker shade than the hood which is facing towards the sky and that means that we're going to have to add some orange in there and I'm going to add orange on this part as well because it's facing towards us and not towards the Sun so adding that right there and then maybe add some orange up here and on this side because this whole side is facing towards us and the Sun is coming from that way so that means that it's going to be a bit darker than the rest of the car something like that and I think it looks pretty good right now I'm not even sure I want to add a third marker to this but oh yeah we have this air vent down here so this is a I forgot the word now indent or whatever you call it so this sits inside of the body and that means that it's going to have a darker shade of orange then then the regular surface here that's just the side of the car let's see if we can add some what happens it doesn't even make a difference so cool I don't have to add the last marker because it's basically the same maybe just add some stuff in here like this align like that line over here and you can make a line right there sweet so I think we're done with the body work and that's basically what you want to do when you add markers to a to some line work you want to keep the keep the the most important thing is to understand where the light source is and then go from there and think about where the surfaces are tilted to or it's already tilted towards you which is the shading the which is which are going to be more in shade or are they tilted like this surface here like the fender of this side is tilted towards the Sun which means that it's going to be lighter and then just go through all these surfaces like that and try to figure out how how the sketch is built up so let's let's add some of this too and we can add some black if we want to let's see if I can find a black market that actually has some ink in it I hope this one is fine so you can fill in these air vents here for example like that and fill in this one since you have the line work is pretty easy to figure out where the black is going to go because you already have the surface defined by all these lines here so you need to just select a coloring book just fill in the empty space like this all the way back here alright so then of course you can start to add the black around the wheels and whatever you want and continue this sketch and take it to the level that you want it to be and that's about it guys I hope you enjoyed the video if you did please don't forget to Like and subscribe I hope to see you in the next one my name is Marwan family and take it easy