Are you thinking too small?
I was absolutely stunned when the CEO of Open AI, Sam Altman recently revealed he was trying to raise between 5-7 TRILLION dollars.
That’s a trillion with a T!
It made me wonder, are the rest of us thinking too small?
After all, to give you an idea of how outrageously big that $7 trillion figure is, the entire Australian economy is about $1.7 trillion.
The. Whole. Freaking. Country.
And Australia is the 12th largest economy in the world.
How can one person think that damn big?
Sam Altman has more than a massive dream, he must have tremendous vision combined with an insanely strong self-belief to even conjure up a figure like that, let alone go public by announcing that he’s attempting to raise it.
Now I know, most of us have no interest ( or even use for) 5- 7 trillion dollars, but I mention Sam and his financial moon shot only to encourage you to consider applying that magnitude of thinking to your own world, industry or business.
I think it’s very powerful to ask yourself, what would be an outrageous dream for my company?
It may not even be about raising money, it may be about creating a game-changing product, expanding internationally or increasing your team massively.
The point is to apply the spirit of what Sam Altman is trying to do, to your own life.
I think if we all did this, in our own way, we would both achieve a great amount and also taste the true excitement that only pushing boundaries to the nth degree can engender.
It reminds me of one of my favourite quotes, from the 1844 novel, The Luck Of Barry Lyndon, by William Thackeray:
“Let the person who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim. Attacking is his only secret. Dare, and the world always yields: or, if it beat you sometimes, dare again, and it will succumb.”