647. Expert Interview: Nobody Cares About Your Dreams, But You Can't Do It Without Others
Over the last three decades of Greg Centineo’s life, he has followed the path of entrepreneurism, leading him to a variety of industries and business start-ups. Through his achievements, he has mastered the art and the psychology of what moves people to believe in an idea, invest in an idea and commit their time and energy to help create the idea. Greg’s ground breaking project, “Legends of Oz, Dorothy Returns,” illustrated his skills, by raising $122 million through 1,300 investors and engaging thousands of people to believe in his idea, invest in his idea and commit their time and energy to help birth the idea.
Nobody Cares About Your Dreams, But You Can't Do It Without Others
“Nobody cares about your dreams but you. It’s your dream. No one’s going to care about them the way you do. So, really, it ain’t gonna happen unless you go out and make it happen. But the flip side is, you really cannot make anything happen without others engaging with you. The challenge is, how do you get others to adopt your dream as their dream? How do you get people to care about your dream? More importantly, how do you get them to apply their skill sets, their energy and even invest their resources to make your dream a reality?”
Why Is This Important?
“It all starts with you. If you’re going to convince somebody to do something, you need to be convinced about it first. I basically break this down to four words: belief, conviction, confidence and passion. Just as important as this, it is also crucial to learn to see failure as a part of success, to learn to redefine failure. When you fail, you get back up and try again. Follow that formula and guess what: you succeed! And what was the major ingredient? Failure!”
What Are the Key Lessons Learned Here?
“When your dream is enriched with belief, confidence, conviction and passion, it’s no longer just a dream or an idea. It’s infused with an energy that people are drawn to. Even if it is an improbable dream, like our Legends of Oz project, there can be so much belief and passion, conviction and confidence in just trying—not necessarily making it happen, but trying—that people are drawn to it. I have found that people are drawn to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Those four principles create a beautiful mosaic, a powerful picture of what people want, and they are drawn to it.”
Connecting With Greg Centineo
2 videos from Greg’s Video Series, “The Art and Psychology of Fund Raising (The Power of Moving People to a Common Goal).” Email Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention this podcast.
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