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Cost of Lemonade stand, Artificial Intelligence program, and are you doing it?

Posted on: July 3, 2018

Cost of Lemonade stand, Artificial Intelligence program,

Three decades ago, I audited an Artificial Intelligence programming course. The professor never programmed one, but it was the rage.

The prof. was candid and said: “The only way to learn these kinds of programming is by doing it.  The engine was there to logically arrange the “If this ,then do that” questions in order to answer a technical problem. Nothing to it.

I failed even to try a very simple program: I had a heavy workload and didn’t have the passion for any engineering project at the time.

I cannot say that I know Artificial Intelligence, regardless of the many fancy technical and theoretical books I read on the subject

Studying entrepreneurship without doing it is like studying the appreciation of music without listening to it.

(Actually, I did study so many subject matters, and the ones supposed to be of the practical ones, but failed to do or practice any skills. My intention was to stay away from theoretical subjects and ended up sticking to the theories. For example, I enrolled in Industrial Engineering, thinking it was mostly of the hand-on discipline. Wrong: it was mostly theoretical simply because the university lacked labs. and technical staff and machineries)

The cost of setting up a lemonade stand (or whatever metaphorical equivalent you dream up) is almost 100% internal. Until you confront the fear and discomfort of being in the world and saying, “here, I made this,” it’s impossible to understand anything at all about what it means to be a entrepreneur. Or an artist.

Never enough

There’s never enough time to be as patient as we need to be.

Not enough slack to focus on the long-term, too much urgency in the now to take the time and to plan ahead.

That urgent sign post just ahead demands all of our intention (and attention), and we decide to invest in, “down the road,” down the road.

It’s not only more urgent, but it’s easier to run to the urgent meeting than it is to sit down with a colleague and figure out the truth of what matters and the why of what’s before us.

And there’s never enough money to easily make the investments that matter.

Not enough surplus in the budget to take care of those that need our help, too much on our plate to be generous right now.

The short term bills make it easy to ignore the long-term opportunities.

Of course, the organizations that get around the universal and insurmountable problems of not enough time and not enough money are able to create innovations, find resources to be generous and prepare for a tomorrow that’s better than today. It’s not easy, not at all, but probably (okay, certainly) worth it.

We’re going to spend our entire future living in tomorrow—investing now, when it’s difficult, is the single best moment.

Posted by Seth Godin on March 11, 2013

 

 

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