July 22, 2014:

You Will Fail – And That’s Good For you!

There is no magic in business

Why do some people achieve success while others fail? Maybe the successful people came from a wealthy family and went to a good school – or maybe they are just lucky. Actually, that’s rubbish.

When you look at the most successful people you only see the end result. You barely ever see the hard work and struggle that got them there.

You don’t see the part where the 4-Hour Work Week was rejected by publishers 25 times before it got published, after which the book shot to the top of worldwide bestseller lists.

You don’t see many posters in KFC telling the story of how Colonel Sanders was turned down 1009 times when trying to sell his original fried chicken recipe, or how Sylvester Stallone was knocked back 1500 times when trying to sell his script for Rocky.

So what gives these people the superhuman strength to persist in the face of such gruesome odds and how would such an analysis be useful for anything but toilet paper for the rest of us?

In John C. Maxwell’s book Failing Forward he argues that the difference between average people and achieving people are their perception of and response to failure; most people perceive failure as a potential threat to their self-worth and respond to it by running away, whereas those who succeed see failure as an inevitability on the path to growth and therefore embrace it.

Failures will define your business

Have you ever heard of a social activism platform called ThePoint.com? Probably not. That’s because the business was a failure.

ThePoint was co-founded by Andrew Mason – who incidentally dropped out of the University of Chicago to do so – following a $1 million investment from Eric Lefkofsky. ThePoint was originally conceived as a means of improving the structure of online funding and group action. Despite generous investments the site quickly ran into trouble as traffic and participation plummeted.

The main problem was that ThePoint lacked focus, with Mason saying, “It’s this huge, abstract idea. You can use this platform to do anything from boycotting a multinational company to getting 20% off a subscription to the Economist…That’s the big problem with it.”

Mason saw his business failing. The natural reaction would be to run away. When our cavemen ancestors saw something failing, the ones who ran away the fastest and furthest were the ones most likely to survive. Not only is running away from failure an instinctive response, it’s in our very genes.

Luckily, Andrew Mason wasn’t a caveman and he didn’t run away. While seeing his business falling apart left and right, he noticed one thing that seemed to be working within ThePoint. Campaigns which allowed participants to group together to gain buying power in order to purchase things with a discount.

This was all he needed: ThePoint started to offer a daily GetYourGroupon feature, which later became Groupon.com. The business adjusted its strategy from having no clear focus, to exclusively targeting group buying coupons. Soon after, traffic to the site exploded and within 6 months Groupon expanded to 3 more cities. Today Groupon.com has over 200 million worldwide subscribers and a net worth of over a billion dollars.

Embrace failure and you will embrace success

I have personally failed more times that you would even believe. But I don’t see them as failures. Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn – that’s the way I see things.

What separates those who will eventually achieve success from those that dream big but give up at the first whiff of resistance is the ability to embrace failure. You probably know the feeling of the excruciating unknown whilst working on a project.

That’s your body and your instincts saying you are doing something wrong and that you should back off right now. But our instincts are not always correct. They were perfect for our ancestors, when even the smallest mistake could be fatal and running away was always the best bet for staying alive. But we are not living in caves anymore and we are very rarely faced with life and death situations.

Failure doesn’t happen when you take a single wrong step from the right path and miss your goal. Failure is an integral part of the very road leading to success. Understanding the nature of failure is a crucial part of taking the steps one needs towards success.

I just want to say one word to you,
just one word: Test!

Failing means that you have taken action in the face of uncertainty. All business ventures involve taking shots in the dark. You can call it a calculated risk or a projection, but that’s only playing with words: it’s a shot in the dark.

When you are shooting in the dark, the only way to hit your goal is to aim with all the information you have and take the shot. You probably won’t make it the first time, but you will make it if you keep on adjusting your aim and trying. This means testing, testing and more testing. Testing is the only way you can find out what works and what doesn’t.

The feedback loop for how good an idea is can be very long. It might take up to 6 months to find out whether the Amazon Affiliate site you’re planning to build around the new and exciting ‘pianos for dogs’ niche will bring in any income but you can lose much more by not giving it a shot.

Throwing the towel in on a project that didn’t work out doesn’t make you or the project a failure but never testing your idea is a guaranteed method of never being successful; as Michael Jordan once said “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying”.

There is no shame in failing. There is only shame in not trying.

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July 8, 2014:

How I made my first million dollars online – and how you can do it too!

This is the story on how I made my first million dollars in the wonderful world of online business. I will not only let you know exactly how I did it, but I will also tell you how, I believe, you can do it too.

Desire success

Let me start by saying that I have always wanted to be rich. I know, you are not supposed to say that. At least, you are not supposed to say that where I’m from. Saying, “I want to be rich!” means that you are materialistic, shallow and probably evil, too.

Instead, you are supposed to be all zen and humble, and say you want to have new experiences, gain knowledge, and whatever.

The thing is, you ain’t gonna pay any bills with that zen. And I, for one, find much more satisfaction in having new experiences and gaining knowledge with my wallet full of cash, than without. But maybe that’s just me.

Dreams and hopes get you nowhere

I said I have always wanted to be rich. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t dream about money, nor did I hope to get it. Dreaming or hoping means that you wish something would happen, as if it would drop down from the sky right in front of you. I believe that’s rubbish; for most people that won’t ever happen. When you really want something, when you desire it, you are willing to work for it. You make plans, you fail, you try again and repeat, as long as it takes. You will either make it or perish. That’s what it means to really want something.

Set your goals

I’m now 32 years old, but let’s go back in time. When I was a teenager, everyone I knew did what teens usually do: go out and party. My teenage years, however, were quite different. I never went to parties.

Instead, I worked. Every day after school and every single weekend, I worked.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t do that because I had to. I come from a very average, middle class, suburban background; my family was not rich but it wasn’t poor, either. I worked every day because that was something I wanted to do, and something that I saw would pay off in the future.

Work to reach the goals

I was working on computer programming. I had nothing more than a desire to learn. When I started, no one paid me anything, not even a cent. By the time I attended high school, I was already a self-taught computer programmer. I wanted to learn how to make computer programs because I have always had a passion to improve things and make things work better; programming was the first practical way for me to do it. After a few years of learning how to make computer programs, I developed a handy software for Windows 95, which you could download from my personal website.

By the time I went to college, the program had already generated a few million downloads. This was back in the 1990′s, before social media or even proper internet search engines likes Google existed. In those days, getting that kind of traffic to your personal website was so unusual that I actually received a phone call from my ISP (who also hosted my website), asking what on earth I was doing with my personal website.

Schools might not be worth it

I have never liked to study in schools. In schools, roughly 80% of your time is spent on things you probably won’t ever need — but you have to slog through useless material to get to the 20% that might actually have some value for you. Still, after high school, I went to the university to get a diploma. During the first year of university, I showed my professors some software I had already done. They said there might not be much they could teach me, and offered me a part-time job as an instructor, teaching the graduate students.

I did that job for three weeks. That was, and still is, the only time in my life that I have ever worked for someone else. School might not be worth it in the regards of education, but it can be worth it in meeting new people and networking.

Step up your game

While working in the computer software business, I had started to turn my focus away from developing the software and more towards developing business.

Since I had already been working with online marketing for a long time alongside with the software business, the natural next step for me was to take the leap and really enter the world of online marketing. Online marketing, to me, means the delicate process of choosing a product, building a website around it, and making everything work so smoothly that the product starts to make money.

Every single step of that process is all about improvement — how to get everything work as well as possible.

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January 26, 2014:

Eroaisitko hyvinvointivaltiosta?

Julkaisin muutama päivä sitten www.eroahyvinvointivaltiosta.fi -palvelun. Tähän mennessä yli 300 ihmistä on ilmoittanut haluavansa erota. Kyllä, me olemme pieni ja marginaalinen vähemmistö – mutta kuuluuko vähemmistöjen oikeuksien polkeminen sivistysvaltioon?

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Kommentteja: 68

June 24, 2013:

Huumeissa vaarallisinta on niiden laittomuus

Kerroin muutama kuukausi sitten suorassa tv-lähetyksessä haluavani laillistaa kaikki huumeet. Tämä kuulostaa sinusta luultavasti täysin käsittämättömältä. Saatat pitää sitä jopa huonona vitsinä. Mutta jos luet perusteluni, voit muuttaa mielesi.

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Kommentteja: 85

March 10, 2013:

Enbuske & Linnanahde Crew

Kävin perjantaina Enbuske & Linnanahde Crew -ohjelmassa puhumassa lyhyesti huumeista. Ohjelma löytyy täältä: http://www.katsomo.fi/?progId=169641

March 7, 2013:

Mielipidekirjoitus Turun Sanomissa

Mielipidekirjoitukseni Helsingin Sanomissa 1.3.2013:

Turun Sanomat - Lama ei laannu verottamalla

Lama ei laannu verottamalla

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March 1, 2013:

Mielipidekirjoitus Helsingin Sanomissa

Mielipidekirjoitukseni Helsingin Sanomissa 1.3.2013:

Helsingin Sanomat 1.3.2013 - Ääriliikkeiden torjumiseen tarvitaan lisää kapitalismia

Ääriliikkeiden torjumiseen tarvitaan lisää kapitalismia

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February 14, 2013:

Dan Koivulaakso ja luova tilastotiede

Helsingin kaupunginvaltuutetun, Dan Koivulaakson eilen julkaisema puheenvuoro herätti mielenkiintoni, koska vasemmistolaisille epätyypilliseen tapaan, Dan perusteli kantojaan pelkän retoriikan ja ideologian sijaan myös tilastotiedoilla. Mutta kestävätkö Danin tilastot lähempää tarkastelua?

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Kommentteja: 13

January 2, 2013:

Maailmanloppu peruttu: Luonnonvarat eivät ole loppumassa

Vuodenvaihde oli kiireistä aikaa maailmanlopun ennustajille. Sitä ei vielä tullut mutta vaara ei ole ohi – luonnonvarat nimittäin ovat loppumassa! Olemme pian käyttäneet loppuun kaikki maapallon resurssit! Vai onkohan näin? Minä väitän, että luonnonvarat eivät ole loppumassa ja voin perustella miksi.

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Kommentteja: 39

December 20, 2012:

Mitä perustulo oikeasti tarkoittaa?

Ei, arvon massit massoille -vasemmistolaiset ja arvon menkää hipit töihin -oikeistolaiset, ei, perustulon idea ei ole, että valtio maksaa jokaiselle niin paljon rahaa, että sillä voisi elää. Tämä ei ole perustulon idea, koska tämä olisi täysin utopistinen ja puhtaasti mahdoton ajatus. Yhtä järkevää olisi vaatia, että valtion on maksettava ihmisten verot.

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Jouni Flemming

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