reply to post by Reflection
Thanks for your post. I hope you don't mind I want to pick on your post a little bit. It is not personal toward you but you illustrate some thinking
that keeps the majority of people from pulling the trigger on good ideas IMO.
I definitely appreciate the gesture. And there are definite solutions in DIY, but as I see it there are 3 enormous obstacles.
Right out of the gate your thinking swings to the negative. You immediately start the conversation with yourself as to why it won't work. Rather
then looking for ways to overcome them or if they are even real.
This does not mean you ignore the obstacles it's a matter of perspective. Your perspective seems to be coming from the "it can't be done" mindset.
The positive side to approaching obstacles is to say to yourself these appear to be problems how can I overcome them and are they real or just
1. People don't care. They would rather buy cheap and convenient than support local, usually more expensive, producers. Basically the Walmart
consumers, which make up the vast majority. Clearly they don't care because they would never even think about looking at that tag on that pair of
jeans to see where it was made.
Ok this is really just an over generalization. Yes there are a lot of people who don't care and of the wallymart mindset. First question to ask is if
this is your target market. The answer is obviously no.
When you say "people don't care" that is a pretty blanket statement so lets get more specific "How many people don't care"? All 300 million plus in
the country? Doubtful so how many of them do you need to sell to to get where you want to be?
Lets take the guy who is the top seller on the website Etsy as a case study. He sells beads and supplies to craft makers and has made over 190
thousand sales over 5 years on Etsy. This does not include off line sales which I do not know if he does or not but I suspect he does some off line
sales also. If he averages about $7 per sale that is around $1.3 million in sales over 5 years that comes to about $250 thousand a year in gross
sales. 190 thousand divided by 5 years is $38 thousand sales a year. That is roughly .00012 of a percent of the population per year that he sells to
to pull that kind of money.
That puts things in perspective doesn't it? Your target is not "people" in general it is a very tiny fraction of people who are not of the wallymart
mindset. Looking at those numbers the sky is the limit! Most people would be estrmely happy with a fraction of that in gross sales. Now that we see
that obstacle is not real we must find our target market which requires some research and some trial and error.
You see how perspective makes a difference? Instead of accepting the false idea that "people do not care" and giving up we approached it from positive
mindset of what does it take to make this work.
2. Big business owns the majority of the land and resources needed to produce things.
Again do they really. Lets do some critical thinking and a little research (and I wrote this line before I did any because I do not accept it.) First
of all what is it you want to do and how much land do you really need? If you want to go into some large scale farming of course you need large tracts
of land. But most people have enough land where the live to do any number of things. Especially if it can be done in the kitchen, garage, shop, or
even home office. Resources? Again what do you need? The Top seller on Etsy sell beads and craft supplies so he buys the majority of them from some
one else and he may make some himself. By the way some might think yeah but Etsy is just crafts and there is not a big market for that. Well I am sure
he would beg to differ with you and just look on there there are some amazing craftsmen on there. He used the principle found in selling shovels to
After doing a little research it is hard to find what percentage of land is owned by the average joe vs corporation and government etc. But it appears
the they own about 30% so that leaves us 70%. D do we really need to spend more time on this or can we use a little logic here?
First there are millions of acres of land for sale at any given time so it is highly doubtful that there is not enough to go around. Humans only use
about 30 percent of the land mass anyway.
When you say resources this is a blanket statement. The real question is what resources do you need and how can you get them? Do you need to own the
land that those raw resources come from or can you buy them from who ever does at reasonable cost? I make Beehives with pine lumber but I do not own
any tracts of timber land. I buy it from the lumber yard. There are a lot of people who make a living on just a few acres or even a city lot by doing
something on their few acres, backyard, garage, shop, kitchen, or office. So I do not think it is worth spending time on this as it really is not a
3. Big business owns the majority of the expensive, state of the art technology that enables them to produce said resources more efficiently
and cheaply, making it very difficult for small business to compete.
This is another blanket statement and just reinforces the defeatist mindset and is not true. Small business is still the backbone of the economy not
big business. What is it you want to do? Name something you think you need in a small business that a small business cannot do or get done at a
reasonable cost? There is a growing market for quality products. There will always be the wallymart mindset but as I show above you just need to
learn to target a growingyour market.
We can do this people! We just need to stop looking for excuses and blaming big business etc. Look in any city in America and the majority70% of
businesses are small businesses not big.
All that said, there is an organization that I'm very fond of. They are trying to tackle the problem I listed as #2. The technology. They're
called Open Source Ecology. opensourceecology.org
Good glad to see you moving to the positive side here. I am familiar with these folks. What if these folks that started this movement listed the same
things you did in your post and decided there was nothing they could do and gave up? Instead the took the positive route and started looking for ways
to overcome any adversity and move forward with their goals.
Considering so much of the edge that big business has regarding technology is based on intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trade
secrets, etc.) they are using the idea of open source software and applying it to real physical machines like tractors, power cubes, earth brick
press, CNC machines and many others.. basically machines that humans use today to live a high-tech, high quality life.
It's a very difficult goal, but I think they are the most ambitious group out there that are trying to revolutionize the economy using DIY values!
And you can do the same with what ever your desires are. Stop blaming everyone else folks and letting the negative thoughts of how hard it is and why
it won't work etc. dominate your thought process and start looking for ways to move forward. Take control of your mind and thus your life!
Ok I'll get off my soap box now and get back to work on my goals. I hope someone was helped by anything I said and the many other great posters here
including Reflection and want to thank him for being a good sport. I'll leave you with this thought.
"Every adversity has within it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit!" Napoleon Hill
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