193 Amazing Emails (Here Are The Highlights For You…)
Okay, so here’s the thing…
This post is a little different to most posts I do. Typically there is a prototype or something like that which I talk about. But not this time.
As you may recall… I wrote a blog post last week (click here if you missed it) where I asked about your story. I really wanted to know more about you.
And, dear lord, you did not disappoint!
I have just finished replying to 193+ emails (and there are still more trickling in even now).
It was for a giveaway of a couple of MokuTi titanium products. Now, I’ll be honest, I’ve still not picked out a winner yet… because I wanted to make sure I had read and replied to all the emails.
In fact – I’m not even sure how I’m going to pick a winner yet (because my focus has been on reading and replying to the emails so far – as well as keeping up with the various comments, emails and other support stuff).
But get this:
Every email was absolutely fascinating. I mean it.
I’d like to share some of the highlights. I can’t share it all because, combined, the emails are the size of a novel (I’m not kidding… 52,579 words in total. Really!)
Oh, and one important point about this…
I’m not going to reveal any names or people or such – because that would not be at all fair to those who replied. But what I’d like to do is talked about some interesting topics and such that came up.
So, to kick things off…
There was an Aerospace Engineer who explained to me why we (as humans) are still very far away from being able to travel from London to New York in an hour.
Now, I must admit, I asked him this question – I was really curious. He went into great detail that it’s not the technology that’s the issue (because, apparently, “the aerospace guys” can do pretty much anything).
The real issue is the funding required. He broke down how the costs of making such an aircraft and that, ultimately, it’s just no one is willing to pay the astronomical cost – it’s simply not feasible. A bit depressing… but great to know it’s money — and not technology — that’s the limitation. Very cool!
And an aspiring filmmaker…
Another young fellow I talked to is working his way to becoming a professional filmmaker.
What is interesting about this is that he is working hard at doing this. He’s doing his full-time but also spending his spare time doing what he needs to do.
Not sure why I loved this guy’s story so much – perhaps, selfishly, because it was so similar to the two years I worked in I.T. while also spending ALL my spare time working on Cogent Industries. Maybe that’s it.
Oh, and oddly enough…
There was a fairly high percentage of Engineers who replied. These were mechanical, electronic, software, chemical and such.
Not quite sure why this was the case – but, hey, it is what it is.
And some extremely tough things…
There were a few people who in the past (or even now) had gone through a lot. Either with poor health, disease or disability themselves or a close family member.
Some of these stories were so honest. And the compassion pretty much all of them displayed was tremendous.
Truthfully – these emails really gave me some perspective on life!
Another funny thing…
It was absolutely amazing how many people said something along the following lines:
“I don’t like people who are fake” or “I have no time for people who are dishonest”
Phrases similar to the two above were said by dozens of people. I’m wondering if there is a lack of real-ness in this world… because so many people mentioned it. Something to think about perhaps.
Taking the leap…
There was a fellow who dropped his safe-and-secure I.T. job and went head-on into being a comic-book artist without a safety-net (my words, not his :-D).
He gained traction fairly quickly and is having significant success.
I find this inspiring for sure (as you can probably tell by now… I have a huge respect for people who “take the leap” and just do what they want to do!!).
A lot of people either started (or ended) their email telling me that they hope I don’t find their email “boring”.
I always found this interesting… because there was not one even remotely boring email in the bunch. All very fascinating.
A number of guy’s started their email with “I’m just a regular guy…”
I must admit to finding this amusing because, pretty much every time, the email showed the person was not “just a regular guy”.
I assume that, to buy one of my products, it pretty much means you are not a “regular” person. So, yeah, that’s kind of why I don’t believe it when people tell me that. Sorry. 🙂
There were a few people who mentioned they were obsessive-compulsive and perfectionist.
Some people might see this is as a bad thing …but not me!
I’m fantastically obsessive myself (to the point where I keep looking over my shoulder expecting men in white coats to come and take me away and strap me down!). I think if you’ve got it… then don’t let it go to waste. Leverage these “flaws” – that’s what I do. 😀
Okay, I’m done.
I’ve only covered about a quarter of the emails with the above stuff I’ve mentioned – but I’m running out of time (I’m writing this from a coffee—shop on my way to pick up some new TiBead designs).
My apology if you don’t recognise yourself in any of what I mentioned above. But the consolation is… I definitely replied to you. 🙂
One last thing…
I’ve not selected a winner for the competition in the previous blog post yet – but, when I draw it, I’ll let the person who won know (so, if you don’t hear from me, then someone else as almost certainly got it).
Right, I’m off to collect these new TiBeads designs – I’ll try and get some photos of them on the blog next week.
Oh, and one very, VERY last thing…
I actually was over checking out the new TiBead designs yesterday (but they weren’t ready).
But I did manage to snap a sneeky “insider photo” of one of the new designs for you – here you go: