▼Caine Monroy's Imagination & Leonardo da Vinci's CV▼
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At the time of writing, the official website setup to raise $250,000 for Caine's College Fund
is at $205,729. And the Goldhirsh Foundation which is matching dollar for dollar, donations
to Caine's Arcade Foundation, has pledged to “discover, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in more young kids like Caine”. If dedication makes careers, this East
L.A. kid reinforced lessons learned in this blog: that wherever you find yourself, you
are bigger than your circumstances. Walled, stagnant thinking says “because you're
here, you're stuck”. Passion is a form of obsession that builds, perfects, iterates
and in the process develops around both a vision and a mission. As Steve Jobs
said, “I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started
Apple in my parents’ garage when I was 20.” Despite Wozniack's technical
input, we know it was Job's entrepreneurial spirit that got Apple off to a
good start. Monroy had the foresight, professionalism and salesmanship
to factor in both security and a fun pass that completely blew Nirvan
Mullick's mind. And that brings us to the issue of luck vs. timing. As
the older Monroy said, the inside “joke” around his autoshop was
that Caine had no customers. And yet, time and again, luck and
timing are rated key success ingredients, alongside Ambition,
Vision, Determination and Execution. Whether we realize
it or not, we're always preparing for a test. Opportunity
knocks, and finds us well- or ill-prepared for that test.
Think about it. What did you innovate in April 2012?
By April 20th, ten days after the above video went
viral, Paypal donations to Caine's Colleg e fund
had reached $180,000. His self-evident body
of work will be a great social currency for
rubbing shoulders with Silicon Valley and
other California billionaires looking to
fund the next big idea. And speaking
of funding, Sean Parker together
with other billionaires on Forbes
400, offer ample proof that he
needn't bother with college.
Little Caine's arcade was
propelled by irrational
optimism and his lack
of concern for imme
-diate financial re-
ward. Still, being
run his arcade
as a business.
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On April 17, TheLadders CEO Marc Cenedella responded to my Tweet on Leonardo da Vinci's CV/Resumé by favoriting it. Leonardo da Vinci's opening is Peter Coughter's Art of the Pitch at work. And the prolific innovator known for The Mona Lisa and many other inventions including the helicopter, penned his CV to the Duke of Milan by offering solutions others weren't:
“Most Illustrious Lord, Having now sufficiently considered the specimens of all those who proclaim themselves skilled contrivers of instruments of war, and that the invention and operation of the said instruments are nothing different from those in common use: I shall endeavor, without prejudice to any one else, to explain myself to your Excellency, showing your Lordship my secret, and then offering them to your best pleasure and approbation...
I have a sort of extremely light and strong bridges, adapted to be most easily carried, and with them you may pursue, and at any time flee from the enemy; and others, secure and indestructible by fire and battle, easy and convenient to lift and place...
10. In times of peace I believe I can give perfect satisfaction and to the equal of any other in architecture and the composition of buildings public and private; and in guiding water from one place to another.
...And if any of the above-named things seem to anyone to be impossible or not feasible, I am most ready to make the experiment in your park, or in whatever place may please your Excellency — to whom I comment myself with the utmost humility, etc.” Entire translation here.
Cenedella writes: “He doesn’t recite past achievements...because those would be about his achievements, not the Duke’s needs. Instead, he sells his prospective employer on what Leonardo can do for him. Now imagine being the Duke of Milan and receiving this magnificent letter from the young prodigy of Florence...imagine the scenes that ran through the Duke’s head as he held this letter in his hands and read through Leonardo da Vinci’s bold statements of capabilities.”
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