The Madness in The Care Locker

I confess that of late I’ve been wondering what on Earth I’m doing with The Care Locker.

I have a busy life anyway, with another business that needs tlc, accounts backing up until crisis point, and two teenage boys who deserve a better mother than they have.

With The Care Locker I have so much to learn and manage. I’m not a coder. Neither am I a qualified carer. I have a small niche of experience and a bunch of passion and ambition to make the World a better place.

And of late I confess to thinking “Am I really up to this?” I cannot possibly know about every field of care from phelobotomy to nursing, from mental health to paediatrics.

And then, this morning, on Quora, I read a fantastic post with a quote from visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk, posted by Jevaughn Brown (who I don’t know):

[I spent most of my career focusing on software], and then I said, well, didn’t seem like people are really solving the electric car, or the space thing. So I figured I’d give it a try – probably lose the money I put into it, but I thought it was worth giving it a try. That was really the only thing. And then I had to learn how you make hardware. I’d never seen a CNC machine, or laid out carbon fiber – I didn’t know any of these things. But if you read books and talk to experts, you can pick it up pretty quickly. In fact, I think people self-limit their ability to learn. It’s really pretty straightforward: Just read books and talk to people. Particularly books. The data rate of reading is much greater than when somebody’s talking…

Elon Musk, at the Boao Forum in China, March 29 2015, time: 38:23

If some one knows Jevaughn, thank him for me. The Care Locker may seem big compared to just developing an app, but it’s not Paypal or Tesla (and just as well, as I don’t have his pockets either!!). But Brown and Musk have just renewed my faith that this isn’t a completely barmy way to go. Well, maybe just a little, but without a tiny bit of madness, nothing would ever happen.

The talk the quote came from is here:

At risk of seeming trite, these little words of inspiration add to my feeling of doing the right thing. At the weekend I was contacted with someone’s very personal story of how the care system worked for them (or rather let them down a little), and it made me feel great about what I’m doing here. I want the very best caring professionals out there, making the biggest positive impact and helping and protecting those who need it most.

To quote Musk again:

If you’re creating something that you love and you think other people will love, it’s much easier to sacrifice the time and expend the effort. And if it doesn’t work out, you don’t regret it. It’s a good way to go.

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