Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
“Call this reverse culture shock,” says daddy.
People in Silicon Valley love the fact that they have failed. And are eager to admit it.
“It baffles me,” daddy chirps. (I have Twitter on my mind.)
“I was sitting at a table in Panera with a friend when a friend of my friend comes in saying ‘I am going to start a consulting business.'”
“What’s your qualifications? Why would people come to you?” Frank (daddy’s friend) asked.
“The number of times I have failed! I have so many of them. The things I have learned ….” said they guy.
And daddy stopped listening.
Don’t people teach others how they succeeded?
Apparently, it’s better to tell people how many things you have done wrong, than done right. And the longer the list, the more likely you are to find somebody who wants to give you a few million to come up with another idea that who cares if it works or not.
People are throwing a lot of money around here in Silicon Valley. Companies from South Korea = Samsung, and China = TenCent and and and …
And there is a mindset, “Well a large portion WILL fail, but some won’t. And the one that makes it will bring in more money than all that was lost.”
The game is to get your millions and burn through it to prove an Edison maxim, “I have learned something else that doesn’t work.”
Maybe, it wasn’t the idea that wasn’t any good, but it was the execution. Did anybody ever think of that?
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.