for a forum gadfly your pretty informative:)
Maybe I`m mistaken but isn`t what we know and how we come to know (in the basic form) just a series of accumulated experiences we have, combined with all of the senses and other knowledge, at the time we experienced them, all wrapped up, equal the volume of knowledge we can process at any given moment?
I know (or I "think" i know) how i came to know what i know and i have a pretty good idea of what i don`t know... seems, the older i get, the more i realize how little i know. but in terms of what can be "known" it`s staggering what little I know! Of course i don`t know what i don`t know but i know it`s a lot!
i know enough that regardless of what don`t know, someone else knows. Back in the day, If i needed to know something, i`d just look in the phone book or call 411 or look it up in an encyclopedia. but, this is the new day so anything i could hope to ever want to know can be found doing a google search.
but, i didn`t know people studied such things or their was a word for it:) now that i know it and think it`s been properly answered, they can move on to a new study:) save some time and be a little more productive:)
if i break it down to something simple (the problem) it reads like this..
I want to get from point a to point b. from their my choices are walk, horseback, bicycle car, train plane or truck. The first 3 choices take too long and are unpractical so that leaves me with train or plane or car. maybe a truck?
Maybe I have a car but it needs gas or tires or it`s not the surest mechanically and to take it would cost a lot to get it running. I could rent one though and that would get me there but it costs money too.. Train costs money, plane costs money as does a truck.. So what can I do?
Well, first, I need to make sure i have a good reason to get to destination b. what is there that is so important? If my reason for getting there is sound than it`s a matter of looking for a way to get there.. If i can`t get there under my own power, I know someone is going in that direction and will "get me there" if, I can show them a good enough reason. the main point is to get to point b.
I had a guy come to me once wanting to borrow an ungodly amount of money for a platinum mine he had claim to. it was a real deal and all of his assay`s were spot and verifiable. being he was a miner and a little crazy and greedy and secretive and knowing anyone who has money isn`t going to give it to a miner, I like a hundred others before me told him he was a crazy old coot. but, be that as it may, he still had a platinum claim and needed a way to get his dirt to market.
So, Instead of trying to fund a loan, I found a pal and explained the problem to him. we structured a deal where my pal would supply this guy all the labor & equipment to dig the dirt, trucks and cost to take 7 truck loads of dirt to refining for a 1/2 stake in whatever the refiner recovered. This would give the miner enough cash to get some of his own equipment to get started and my pal would be out of it after the 1 deal. (or continue -miners choice)
Now, the miner has no cost or risk in getting his first loads to refining, i have no cost involved except a couple phone calls and some time, and my pal is putting up the equipment he owns and a little cash for the labor and expenses. How perfect can that be?
their were a couple dozen more options i had to get this guy`s dirt to the refiner that would have all been structured the same way. but this one was the fastest, required the least amount of paperwork and offered the fairest split to everyone and, business pals do business with each other... .. So, the only guy taking any cash risk was my pal. it wasn`t even a risk but a calculation. x tons of dirt = $x profit. it doesn`t get any easier than that. and I get a cut from both sides.
any legitimate need can be resolved.
Structuring a deal or finding a ride to point b doesn`t require money, it requires a good reason... if a good reason is there, their are a hundred guys waiting in line to "fund" it.
If one guy is interested, maybe another guy is interested as well? maybe I can discover a need that I can fill while trying to fill my own need? maybe i`m going to discover 100 people who all want to get to destination b?? than, we can eliminate the need for a car and try to get a bus. maybe the pot needs to be sweetened, maybe expanded??
IYou know, you shouldn`t let poverty effect your lifestyle... "lack of funding" shouldn`t get in the way of a viable project. and it usually doesn`t. especially in these economic times... people might lose faith in the "market`s" as a viable investment vehicle... seems to me, the only decent investment now a days are directly with the start up`s. if it`s not that way today, it will be soon.
the answers to the other questions seem pretty simple..
I can tell you exactly what kind of financial arrangement warrant`s not losing all my money before discovering the consultant was a bad choice and that`s performance pay. I know this is back to the old school philosophy discussion and how that is out of tune with the younger generation but if I am going to be involved with it, which i am, than it`s going to have to go the way i want it to. that`s just how it`s got to be.
your right, the work in solving the problem is mine but the best person for the job has to be the best person... likely, i am the least logical or likely person to be the best person for the job... I would not expect or want an investor or partner to have to rely on me making a web site or me programming a shipping program or me developing an affiliate structure or me handling the accounting or me managing ad costs or me doing anything that is critical to the daily function. I`d only hold things up. The best i can do is to paint the picture in their head and let them create it. not to be directly involved in daily function. you want to put me in charge of stamping widgets and your roi is dependant on me stamping widgets??? get outta here! better to just hire a widget stamper.
how to bring in mgmt consultant into micro biz? simple, structure a worthy deal, make it worth their while show them how by helping me, they can benefit.
how do we validate the consultant`s experience? simple, find the guy who has already been to destination b, knows the route and has a vehicle and is going there anyway and can benefit from taking me too.
The ol wheels are turning now and I can feel this build up of inspiration... an idea is starting to take shape and a plan is in the making...
oh, and the miner deal?? never happened... the miner, being a miner, insisted on a cash loan... i just couldn`t find a window into his house of reason and common sense. but it was a damn good plan:
you know, I`ll bet you would be a blast to have a beer with around the campfire:)
Don`t worry, old guys get tougher as we age... and, you were being truthful... "truth" is raw... it doesn`t always come nicely packaged and sweetened. usually it taste like hell but it`s good for you... like castor oil.