Zeuter wrote:In Dutch inner circles, ambition and entrepreneurship are generally looked down upon.
Same story in Germany. Maybe the same in Europe at large.
It's good that you defend your spirit. Believe in yourself, who else if not you.
Sadly, in our culture and education we are taught early on that making a mistake is very critical, mistakes are to be punished severely, mistakes make you a loser -- and if you can't do it right the first time, don't even start, you won't get another chance anyway. It's a society of "the chosen ones" that supposedly are born to be better from the start.
See, in my bluntness to your face, what I'm trying to say is to assume failure as natural part of the game, something that is not worth being afraid of because it just sets you up for more success next time. That's what's so fun about games: they are designed to motivate you in mistakes, with consequence in learning rather than blaming.
A savvy business man has become good because he was bad ten times before. He didn't give up on the first time when it almost inevitably went to shit, but used the lessons learned to give it another shot. And another. Thing is, instead of living in denial to protect his motivation, he coldly faced the real chance for failure in his investment beforehand, such that any one failure wouldn't keep him from ever trying again. Even later on, when he becomes super successfull, failure is always part of his game, he just has more means to spread the risks so that overall it's more win than loss.
By far most start-ups fail. And gaming start-ups even more. Yes even on Kickstarters. The flood gates on the market are wide open for fortune hunters out on a quick buck, all motivated by some cinderella story. It looks too easy to pass, that's why it's so difficult now to hit.
I fail all the fucking time in every possible way. Often I make it a point to fail, it's a calculated move of my work method, I want to watch how things break apart every which way to understand it. Other times I just fall on my nose. It's all part of my expectation. Makes me wonder what keeps me going and trying. Something stronger than worship of success. Maybe it's a greater vision I believe in, maybe it's just my sense of humor.
So saying all that, what I picked at nonchallantly in one line before, was your "basically our one shot at fame (cq money). If it fails, we'll have little interest in continuing" is basically how young people think about love. It's romantically super-inflated, and that's tragic. The first time means chicken shit really. It's all the other times after that where the magic happens out of experience. Or so I have heard.
Wut ohne Ziel. Wut ohne Folgen.