Being a Cheap Revolutionary is more than just finding inexpensive tools and applying them. It also requires you to think carefully about how you plan to make meaning in your business (if you get nothing else out of this blog-book, please check out Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start and read about making meaning in a startup. It is central to being a true entrepreneur.) It requires you to extend the definition of your company into that of the virtual team (and it also involves knowing how to treat your new team members, some of whom you’ve never met and whose cultures you’ve never visited!). It means that you need to navigate new, complex systems that span the globe and change daily.
Once you’ve done all of that, you can examine your tools, your practices and your approach to ensure that you are helping The Cheap Revolution to succeed.
To succeed at what?
The Cheap Revolution is ultimately about empowering individuals all over the planet to co-create and invent. In order to do that, they need better tools and better ways of working together. Business partners and virtual team members need to understand how their “meaning” overlaps. Together, we can create a future effectively, profitably and harmoniously. The Cheap Revolution is, ultimately, about bringing our planet together. It is a Revolution that is meant to unlock the very nature of who we are into a business reality (and much more) and change the very nature of the global village we work, play, create, live, cry, laugh, raise our children, retire and die in. Its already happening. The question is, will we use the forces already in play to create our future or let these emerging forces to mindlessly, heartlessly and soullessly direct us to some unknown future?
Does it sound overly ambitious?
Most revolutions are. Some revolutions never succeed, but many do. Even the failed attempts leave indelible marks on the human condition.
Lets make the marks we leave be the very best we have to offer.