Big dreams, small projects: What do you dream of doing?

It's easy to imagine that big dreams – like creating a wildly successful businesses – are the result of a grand vision that is planned out and then executed step by step.

Nonsense!

More often than not, a brilliant success starts with a humble project, done just for the fun of it. And it is then grown organically, project by project, into something big.

Exhibit A: Apple Computers

Steve Jobs had more self-belief than most of can ever dream of and yet even he didn't start with a plan to change the world.

He started with a project – to build a commercial home computer, working from his dad's garage.

He teamed up with his buddy Steve Wozniak who designed and hand-built what became known as the Apple I. Check it out:

Apple I

The Apple I - not quite as beautiful as current Apple products

(In fairness, the Apple I was a hobby kit shipped without a case
so the buyer had to make their own)

When you look into it, it quickly becomes obvious that this model of building dreams piece by piece is actually the norm.

Facebook was preceded and inspired by Facemash, a site knocked together by Mark Zuckerberg for fun in a couple of days.

Water for Elephants is a bestselling book that was made into a Hollywood movie and yet Sarah Gruen wrote the whole first draft of the novel in 30 days.

Small projects build big dreams.

What project would you love to do just for fun in 30 days?

The 30 Day Challenge

On 1st May, 200 people will be doing a project they love in 30 days - with our help, on The 30 Day Challenge.

We opened booking for just 24 hours on Friday and we were deluged with registrations from people all over the world.

We now have challengers from the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, France, Germany and Barbados.

If you missed out on getting your place, we have some good news for you.

We will reopen booking briefly next week to give people another chance to grab a place.

Make sure you're on the mailing list to get all the details and be first to hear when it opens :

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  • Kylie

     As a graduate of last October's 30DC, I was sorry to have missed the small window, with the discount on the weekend. I built a website, last oct , but relise i could get an email newsletter , events and more visibility , within a month of the 30 dc. Thats what i see others have done really well and enjoy receiving their newsletters.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Kylie, do keep an eye out for booking reopening next week - we'd love to have you with us again.

  • Sarah

    If you missed Shed Simove at the last Scanner's night - he's full of inspiration and shows what you can achieve in a short space of time - he's had such adventures - and these 30 day challenges (I've done a 21 day one) - is testing but great fun.  I blogged about Shed here: http://findyourdreamjob.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/this-paid-my-mortgage/

  • Lonaliz

    I'm having problems because I don't have a big dream. I'm 33 this year and have no idea what to do. I'm plodding along in a full time job of which I've had lots because I get so bored. I'm studying a part time degree to fill time and have no plan to do anything with it. I feel like every day is on repeat. Having a dream is my problem and not sure how to about getting one?

  • Lonaliz

    I'm having problems because I don't have a big dream. I'm 33 this year and have no idea what to do. I'm plodding along in a full time job of which I've had lots because I get so bored. I'm studying a part time degree to fill time and have no plan to do anything with it. I feel like every day is on repeat. Having a dream is my problem and not sure how to about getting one?

  • Lonaliz

    I'm having problems because I don't have a big dream. I'm 33 this year and have no idea what to do. I'm plodding along in a full time job of which I've had lots because I get so bored. I'm studying a part time degree to fill time and have no plan to do anything with it. I feel like every day is on repeat. Having a dream is my problem and not sure how to about getting one?

  • Trying different things every day - just the small things - different route/run/bike to work, different magazines, meet someone different.  And doing something once a week that gives you butterflies in your stomach helps get you out of the comfort zone.  Start with something small.  And try Scanners night if you've never been - filled with people - some buzzing with ideas - some looking for ideas and inspiration.  But always interesting.  If you join the 30 day challenge - sheer panic, in my experience, will inspire something.  And there's probably coaching available if you're struggling with an idea - you'd have to ask John.    For me, it's about hunting out a passion. 

  • Anonymous

    Lonaliz, if you look at the Apple story though, they didn't have a big dream. They just wanted to make a computer. That's my point about how it really works. Don't look for the dream, look for something fun you want to do in 30 days.

    (If you join us in the 30 Day Challenge, we'll help you find it.)

  • I write my novels in 30 day too, I know they will make it big soon 🙂