God Vs. Science
God is sitting in Heaven when a scientist says to Him,
“Lord, we don’t need you anymore.
Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing.
In other words, we can now do what you did in the ‘beginning’.”
"Oh, is that so? Tell me how it’s done." replies God.
“Well”, says the scientist, “we can take dirt and form it into the likeness of you and breathe life into it, thus creating man.”
“Well, that’s interesting. Show me. “
So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil.
"Oh no, no, no…" interrupts God…
"Get your own dirt."
Start a business, not a startup
Ah, the startup. It’s a special breed of company that gets a lot of attention
(especially in the tech world).
The start up is a magical place. It’s a place where expenses are someone else’s
problem. It’s a place where that pesky thing called revenue is never an issue. It’s a place
where you can spend other people’s money until you figure out a way to make your own.
It’s a place where the laws of business physics don’t apply.
The problem with this magical place is it’s a fairy tale. The truth is every business,
new or old, is governed by the same set of market forces and economic rules. Revenue in,
expenses out. Turn a profit or wind up gone.
Startups try to ignore this reality. They are run by people trying to postpone the
inevitable, i.e., that moment when their business has to grow up, turn a profit, and be a real, sustainable business.
Anyone who takes a “we’ll figure out how to profit in the future” attitude to
business is being ridiculous. That’s like building a rocket ship but starting off by saying,
“Let’s pretend gravity doesn’t exist.” A business without a path to profit isn’t a business,
it’s a hobby.
So don’t use the idea of a startup as a crutch. Instead, start an actual business.
Actual businesses have to deal with actual things like bills and payroll. Actual businesses
worry about profit from day one. Actual businesses don’t mask deep problems by saying,
“It’s OK, we’re a startup.” Act like an actual business and you’ll have a much better shot
If you want to ask about religion go talk to your pastor or priest. If you want to know how I will govern I would love to answer any of those questions.