Momentumising once more

13 Sep

Hey guys,

 

Sorry it’s been a while. I just got back from my final holiday in Shcotland – lots of walking, playing music, and letting my work brain rest for a while.

This post will be again tracking and describing the progression of my projects, and probably a little bit of whining on the fact that I am yet to be making enough to buy an aqua jet pack.

I will start on the most recent of my attempts for success. It’s a bit random but stay with me okay?
Have you ever heard of nap pods? They’re basically relaxation chair/pods that are being installed in some workplaces to let employees take naps, or people waiting in airports, etc. I recently watched a film called the internship, based on two guys trying to get internships on the google campus. These nap pods were featured on this film .. and I thought to myself ‘these are going to soon be in pretty high demand’ .. so I dropped an email to the company who retails them, telling them I’d be interested in selling these in the UK for commission. Following a very brief talk with the Managing Director he sent along a commission agreement that details if I sell one of their products I’ll get commission on this. They sell for $8000 a piece, so you can imagine the share I get is pretty good.

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Unfortunately they didn’t send any extra info – no promotional material, and are yet to answer my questions on if there’s any of their products already in the UK I can use for potential customers to ‘try before they buy’. I’ve been waiting two weeks so far and no reply. So although it does seem like a great opportunity I’ll have to just wait to see if they can provide anything to help me sell these.

Aside from this the other projects are coming along very slowly indeed. However, with BlueSkies I now have an intern – an Administration and Strategy Assistant – who’s based in London and is really helpful in managing the social media, outreach to conservation organisations, and is very willing to become Branch Manager if I ever expand to London – which I will be doing in the new year.

The game is going extremely slow. Now that I have a team of four – programmer, designer, therapist – it’s really hard getting everyone to meet up, and because there is no momentum trying to get the initial work done is really hard because we’re yet to come to a consensus on what actually should be done first! I guess this is something I need to decide as the leader  –  consolidate the vision for the first ‘draft’ and delegate for this to happen .. just I’m not used to this so I guess it’ll take time.

The music is going quite well. My acoustic music I’m getting a gig at least once a fortnight. My biggest aim at the moment, along with developing my songs and skills, is to try something I’ve never had the confidence to do before – create a following. So if you have the time please do ‘like’ my music page – https://www.facebook.com/jhmusica?ref=hl – and encourage others to do the same.

The book is also a toughy (reminder – I’m writing a book called ‘Cambridge Success Stories’…I’m running out of success stories that I know of in Cambridge so I’m trying to do some research on businesses that are not only successful but also have an interesting or inspiring story. I’m thinking what I’ll have to start doing is going to networking sessions for entrepreneurs/managers to find more stories.

Anyway that’s about it to bring you all up to speed. This is my second day back to work and it’s a little hard getting the momentum back but it’s really not so bad. It really does feel like I’m having to give a big old boulder a push after allowing its momentum to stop, and I’ve just got to keep pushing for a few days before the work mindset flows again.

Image[This is exactly what I look like when I push boulders]

As is kind of obvious I’m yet to be making more money than can just about pay rent and food (holiday came out of my dwindling savings!). It’s frustrating – I imagined by the time I was 25 I’d already be quite set and doing well for myself. When you’ve got friends doing well around you it can be tough sometimes to wonder why I’ve taken this path. But I know there is a reason for it, and I’m getting to develop and progress and explore the way I want to. I guess it’s just a little tough this way sometimes, and a bit of a gamble. Who knows guys, maybe one day it’ll pay off!

Happy pushing

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3 Responses to “Momentumising once more”

  1. sherrellcrow September 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Let me encourage you friend; dont give up! Some the things that I see here are very cool. Sometimes synchronizing creative teams is like herding cats! As the leader, make a decision on the creative thing you believe to be key to your core values and act. Build your momentum, get your marketing strategy done and launch! Be Remarkable! Cheers!

    • blueskiesb September 17, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      Hi Sherrell thanks a lot for the encouragement! You’re right, I’m focussing on my core values this week – deciding exactly what I want, so that I can communicate it to the team and get it done! Best, J

  2. lovehaspower September 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Don’t get bogged down because people around you are doing something that you aren’t. Everyone has their own life path. Try and get some structure witin your team so you guys can focus your efforts and make goup oriented decisions. Keep trying with the sleep pods, I think its an interesting idea. And keep doing the music, people need an art form to express themselves and relieve stress, it healthy!

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