Dereck created an inspiring video about his “Cubicle Unhappy to Biking Expedition” project (C.U.B.E.), got excited about the support he received around the blogosphere, and started training for his upcoming physical feat.
Unfortunately, as “the best made plans” sometimes go, it didn’t happen — or it fell through — or it failed to materialize. However you want to say it, Dereck chooses to say it bluntly: He says that he “failed.”
I respect him for admitting it so openly. He wanted to do something, but when it came time to execute his plan, he fell short financially. It’s a reasonable “excuse” for failing at something — and yet he’s refusing to let it stop him. Instead, he recognized that he simply failed the first time, and needs to move on to the next step with a new strategy.
Dereck is asking people to help him achieve what he set out to do by donating to his cause.
Now, as someone who has experience with asking strangers for money over the Internet, I know that the process kind of sucks. You can get rude comments on your blog from people who think you don’t deserve their charity. You can go months without a single donation. You can let these things affect you and discourage you.
The thing is, there will occasionally be one person who donates a couple hundred dollars out of nowhere, to which you can only respond “Thank you thank you THANK YOU!”
I wanted to help, so I visited Dereck’s site and donated $20. Consequently, $20 was added to his running total towards his goal of $10,000.
What kills me is how ineffective adding can be. I mean, whenever someone donates to LifeReboot, they tend to donate in the ten-to-twenty dollar range. I think that’s the typical range because people are embarassed to donate any less. Fact of the matter is, it would be so much more effective if lots of people donated smaller amounts.
Put another way, a donation link on a website is not intended to cause one incredibly rich and incredibly generous person to donate $10,000. It’s intended to cause 10,000 normal people to donate $1.
If every LifeReboot subscriber donated $1 to Dereck’s cause, he’d be $1,500 closer to his goal. If every LifeReboot subscriber donated $2 to Dereck’s cause, he’d be $3,000 closer to his goal, and so on. That’s why multiplication is cooler than addition.
I would love to see Dereck achieve his goal and do what he set out to do. That’s why I’ve donated $20, and that’s why I’m encouraging you to donate something too — even if it’s only a dollar. There’s no need to feel embarassed, and trust me when I say that he will appreciate every contribution regardless of the amount.
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