Most of the time, a person’s role model or hero from a movie is the main character, his/her master, or the loyal supporting character (and sometimes the Villain).
For those of you who have seen Terminator 2 (If you haven’t, I strongly urge you to stop reading this blog and go watch it. Not for my sake but for yours), you might be a bit suprised why I chose Miles Dyson as the role model. It’s true, in a film that is action packed with robots killing each other with big weapons, Miles Dyson does play the role of the wimpy scientist that is powerless and unrespected.
But if you looked deeper into his character, you’ll find that he is actually one of the most respectable people you may know.
Andrew Warner’s Extreme Gutsy Move for his first business
Andrew needed to sell ads on his first business, but he was too small for the advertisement agency to consider. He wrote a check that is all of his and his brother’s personal money and asked the company to do business with them. That converted into a company with over $30M in revenue.
Lessons from Chinese History
This general in China (just checked it’s Xiang Yu) burned all the boats and cooking tools to make sure that his focused army would beat the other army that were outnumbering them but didn’t have that determination. I also just realized that the same thing happened with Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez.
Pivot means switching directions for your startup. Yu-kai’s advice is to stick to it if you still believe in it AND you are still passionate about it. If you no longer believe in it or because of the tweak it’s not as something you are passionate about, you might be better off just switching directions.