Work Back-Wards through Time: Start in the Future & End Now
A Leonardo Da Vinci 'Think Tank' reconstructed by Jakob Batog on CGSociety.Com
Think Tanks: Renaissance Ingeneerity
After the 'Dark Middle Ages' - a rather dull period of blighted, stunted technological growth - trade with the Orient brought about a flourish of ideas & concepts which resulted in the Renaissance.
Leonardo Da Vinci is considered by many an important artist, architect, sculptor, inventor and designer who contributed a vast reservoir of awesome concepts to that era: some were extravagant, others impossible to construct while some of his more imaginative work were literally centuries before their time.
Few will consider Leonardo an entrepreneur, although in essence, Leonardo was an entrepreneur of rare intelligence.
The political scene back in the day was not much different to what it is now & the distribution of wealth was roughly the same - which just goes to show that the more things change, the more they stay the same - and Da Vinci managed what every entrepreneur & innovator works to acquire: Patronage.
Today this 'patronage' comes in the form of funds, sponsorship, grants and investments, of which there have always been an abundance; knowing where to look has always been the elusive factor.
Opportunities today are readily available, much more so than in Leonardo's time, yet Entrepreneurs struggle & fail in finding solid financial backing for their causes.
This resource is not hard to come by, especially if you're a good con artist, which most 'Think Tanks' are not & lack the necessary guile to resort to scamming, lying, dishonesty or falsehoods - which is a good thing in that they do not add to a social evil -but it is sad because they are not exploring the full extent of their potential.
Evolution requires Backwards Thinking - Not Regression
Reinventing Time: Making money in the Future, Now.
We often here the expression that "Time is Money" but we do not really consider the implicit meaning in that common enough phrase.
When examined from the "dollar-per-hour-fee" perspective, we can see how this makes sense.
Seen from an investment point of view on the Trade and Financial Markets we find that this also holds true. But there are other angles of perspective.
"Time is Money" can also mean: Invest your Time into an enterprise which will give you a pay-off in the years to come. This is the perspective a Think Tank uses to create the strategies necessary to make this statement true.
Community Building is not about competing for the same resources, it is about extending the availability of those resources. Entrepreneurs need to align their Future goals with the predicted trends, backtrack in time to where they are now, using the resources at their disposal to connect those dots & Create the Reality they want.
Networking & Information Technology is such an important commodity in the financial industry today because it provides data for groups and in this age of Digital Disclosure that is the prime resource.
Success requires the planning of a strategy which will able you to connect the dots from that future point in Time to your current location using the same tools that everybody else uses.
This allows you the Entrepreneur, the Think Tank, the Innovator, the Start Up Founder, to set your sights on your Goal & then break down the process tracking backwards through Time - Thinking Backwards to your Current position in reality.
Entrepreneurs worry about Business Plans & Executive Summaries, always looking at what the Trends, the Pundits & the Analysts predict in the hoping of getting a VP or hooking an Angel by the pocket book; they're just "nostradamusing" - to coin a new phrase just for you - especially when the future they're painting is bleak & tepid, not even lukewarm. The onus is on you to see what the doomsayers sayeth and act accordingly.
So beyond actually getting a new product to market & capitalizing quickly, the bigger picture has to be seen,evaluated and a realistic goal be set for your expectations -only then can you plan accordingly.
We are not evolving: the economic growth is in danger of collapsing and taking us back in time to the time just as dark as the Middle Ages; this is regression.
Evolution at every level & scale of society requires thinking in the manner suggested above to be a viable & realistic goal for all of us & Community Building is the only way to make a start now in that direction.
Community Building extends the availability of resources
Think Tanks: Give Up Now or Forever Hold Your Piece
The Genius of Leonardo Da Vinci was not in his prolific portfolio of frescoes, canvases, drawings and many 3D creations but those of his inventions that never made the grade in his time. (Consider the return using the "Time=Money" model above & plot it over 6 centuries....)
The blueprints that Da Vinci provided to the Duke of Milan at the time (Ludovico Sforza) for the Armoured Car was 3 centuries ahead of its time in terms of practical application, purposely designed to not be a viable product at the time purely for humanitarian reasons.
Even that does not fully illustrate the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci - his genius lies not in designing a monstrosity capable of such violence, but in the brilliance of correctly divining the Duke's intent, assessing the current political situation, evaluating his options & delaying the production so that the inevitable war could be stayed and he could make a buck in the process.
Many Founders know this: those that are successful are not those whose products are the best or the most resourceful or even the most appropriate but they are able to keep tabs on the pulse of trends and work quickly to encounter any problems that arise in any aspect of their endeavour.
In Closing, I would like to leave you with a Pearl of Wisdom from Lolly Daskal:
Life is not about finding yourself; Life is about Creating yourself