Startup entrepreneurs look for opportunities to make some money, but what you do not want to miss is the talent that is around you. As I write this on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 1:15PM MST this YouTube video about homeless radio announcer Ted Williams has gone viral with over 5.4 MILLION views in less than 2 days!!
Getting laser focused as an entrepreneur means you concentrate on what’s important to your goals. But too often our laser focus means we miss out on things that are happening in the periphery. You’ve heard of the saying, “Stop and smell the roses” haven’t you? Well, stop and look around to what’s happening around you. You just might catch an opportunity to make a new customer or find a new talent that can help you in your business.
From my Jewish and Christian friends, here’s the idea about Ted Williams. Read Leviticus 19: 9-10:
9 ‘Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the LORD your God.”
What it states here is to leave some of your harvest for the needy. But notice that it does not say GIVE them the food, but allow them to WORK for it, allowing them to have some self respect and to overcome their struggle. Giving them a hand out might help them for the moment, but it’s important for their self respect and motivation to earn their keep. It’s up to us to give them that opportunity, however small. It is NOT for you to take advantage of someone’s plight and abuse their situation either.
Ted Williams is a human being, treat him as such.
Never give up and never stop looking. And most of all, never count out someone who is willing to help themselves and is looking to fish for themselves if just given a fishing pole. Seems like Ted Williams has gotten a job within 48 hours of this video.
Good for him and Godspeed in his journey.