What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From John Mayers Submarine Ride
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I drew this sketch right after listening to a new John Mayer song titled Walt Grace’s Submarine Test: January 1967.…weird title. The lyrics of the song connected with me so much so that after listening to the song for like the 20th time in the space of an hour I was inspired to do the sketch below. I am sure you asking “What the heck is so special about the song?” And all I can say is, you have to listen to the song for yourself (you can do so here).
The song is about a man called Walt Grace who had a crazy idea to build a Submarine from his home. Naturally his wife thought he was crazy and his friends said he’d fail if he tried. But with a will to work hard and long nights of studying he was able to build the submarine. He took his home made submarine to sea…the song never really says where he departs from, but somehow he ends up in Asia. His wife receives a call from Tokyo about her husband but again the lyrics never says if he dies or survives his crazy journey. However, at the end of it all his friends have a new level of respect for him and they even name a bar after him.
Aside from the natural brilliance of John Mayer in writing this song, what I love the most about it is the message of determination and success in the lyrics. As an entrepreneur we often have ideas that people think are crazy and sometimes we ourselves think the ideas are crazy. But most times the crazy ideas, the ones that people laugh at are the ones that can change the world. I am currently working on a crazy idea that might influence the way Africans read books…I don’t tell a lot of people about the idea because I think they might laugh at it or tell me about all the ways it will not work. But every time (no kidding) I listen to Walt Grace’s story I smile and I keep plugging away at my idea…who know they might name a bar after me…lol
PS: John Mayer is not paying Ofili for this blog post, but if you buy his album because of this blog post let John Mayer know. That is all I ask. And sssh don’t tell anyone, but the first 5 people to share a crazy idea of theirs in the comment section below get a signed copy of How Laziness Saved My Life, a little reward
compensation for reading my blog ramblings.
Wishing You Extreme Success,
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