How Abe Geary, inventor of the un-patentable “Pet Paint,” threw away a rare second chance.
He was seeking $200K for a 20% share in his company, and started losing Sharks (potential investors) when he answered that 80% of the already-invested $250K was unmoved inventory.
One by one they gave their insight and dropped off. All were on the way out when Barbara Corcoran, the real-estate mogul who turned a $1K loan into a $5B company, jumped in with an insane offer.
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“Please continue… the experiment requires you to continue… it is absolutely essential that you continue… you have no other choice but to continue.”
65% of the participants completed their task – sending hundreds of volts into another human until that individual was rendered unconscious.
Concentration camps come to mind, but this experiment – Milgram’s infamous 1963 experiment on obedience to authority figures – was performed with everyday people just like you and me. Not soldiers, not interrogators, not psychopaths.
We praise accomplishment – worship it, even. It’s American pride, part of our culture, and what *makes* us who we are.
The difficult thing with accomplishment is that, in a lifetime, you will only ever feel accomplishment for moments – mere moments. And when the feeling wears off, you will return to weeks and months hunting down your next great exploit.
The seduction of accomplishment is everywhere:
- Lose 30 lbs
- Bench-press 240 lbs
- Run a marathon
- Make an extra $15K this year
- Get a promotion
- Enjoy every minute
That last one didn’t quite fit, did it? But is it unreasonable? Too far-fetched for everyday life? I don’t think it is. In fact, I believe it’s closer to what is actually needed than we allow ourselves to believe.