I attended the first ever Icarus session yesterday, a Global Meetup initiated by Seth Godin, and organised locally around the world.
Not only was it the first ever session, but I was the first person to speak. I was nervous to say the least, but it was an extremely rewarding experience.
The talks are short – maximum 140 seconds. I said this:
My name is Rob Young, and I’m going to talk to you about The Hundred Dollar Club – A community of people who inspire each other to make change in their lives.
It was inspired by a conference called the World Domination Summit, where I was given this. It’s a One Hundred Dollar Bill.
The instructions that came with it said:
We’d love to see how you can put these funds to good use.
Start a project, surprise someone, or do something entirely different.
It’s up to you.
I decided to follow suit and in turn offer 10 other people an investment of $100, in the hope that they would feel the same inspiration I did.
I was scared almost to the point of inaction:
- What if no one applied?
- What if people took my money, spent it on beer and laughed at me?
- What would my friends think?
- Was I insane to give away a thousand dollars to complete strangers?
- What if didn’t create a community that worked?
- What if I failed?
I wasn’t sure what to expect, or how it would work. I just knew once I’d had the idea, I had to follow it through.
We’re still on the journey, but in some small way it’s changing the lives of the members.
They all had it in them, but outside investment has provided them with the motivation to do what they are capable of.
I’ve changed by doing it.
- I’ve learned that if you put something worth wile out there, people will respond.
- I’ve learned that doing is scary in the short term, but inaction and missed opportunities are far scarier in the bigger picture.
I’ve changed enough to be able to stand here and talk, and not just listen and dream at the back.