HatchHouse Adventures Lesson 7: Learn to Fail with Grace

If you want to be an entrepreneur you are going to experience failure. It doesn’t matter how great your idea is, how hardworking your are, how smart your are or how great your team is. You will experience failure in one way, shape, or form.  Entrepreneurship itself is undertaking risk for the chance of success. This chance and risk brings opportunities to both win and lose, succeed and fail.  And truthfully failure is not something that is easy to accept.  In the United States, failure has such a  negative connotation that people avoid it like the plague.  They plan their life around taking the least amount of risk.  And if you do fail it eats away at you day after day, creating doubt your business, your ideas, and yourself.

But that does not have to be true.  While the path of entrepreneurship is filled with opportunities for failures, failure is not bad.  In fact you entrepreneurs should fail often and fail early.  It is cheaper to fail early in the business then it to fail years down the road. Failure creates experience, and having experience reduces risk.  Great entrepreneurs know risk out there and the failures they have experienced have to lower the total amount of risk.

Finally do not let failure stop you from continuing your venture. The best entrepreneurs and inventors have experienced failure again and again.  But they view them as learning experiences instead of failure.  They keep their heads held high and work towards a that inevitable success.  After creating the first lightbulb Thomas Edison was asked how it felt to succeed after failing so many times.  He responded with the question by saying, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” The best entrepreneurs are the ones that understand that failure is never truly avoidable.  The best entrepreneurs are ones that have learned to fail with grace.

Check out 50 Lessons: Be a Student, Be an Entrepreneur for other great lessons about being a student of entrepreneurship.


Some Board Game Help

A little lost building your own board game.

Well, the Stop Being Bored Team is here to help.

On Instructables we have documented resources that can help you create your own board game.  Be as creative, innovative and awesome as you can and build your own game today.

Let me know what you are all able to build and check back to see my finalized board game about the life of a start up.


Build Your Own Game

In a week I will be sitting at home with my family enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner, football and  board games.  Every thanksgiving after the pies and cakes have been dished out and we are all stuffed beyond belief my siblings and cousins drag me to the living room to play board games. Traditionally we have played monopoly, candy land, and risk.  But this year I decided I wanted to do something different.  After spending the last six months learning about creativity and innovation I feel like I can create my own board game.   With this post I will hopefully give and tools to develop your own board games.

Game One: The Scavenger Hunt.

Have you recently moved? Do you have family coming in and are looking to kill a couple of hours? Visiting friends across the country and want to try out a new way to bar hop?

A good old fashioned scavenger hunt provides you with the means to develop your own game that only requires two things: a camera and a little creativity.  With smart phones as common as ever you can develop your own scavenger hunt you can make a great scavenger hunt everyone can enjoy. If your stuck with no idea where or what you can do in your area  the internet is a great recourse where you can locate information about your own game.  LocalFu.com is a great mobile and web application that gives travelers the ability to enjoy area like a  local would.

Game Two: Build your Own Board Game

When people think of board games they imagine tracking into their basement or closet and pulling out a game like Monopoly and Risk.  While board games are fun why not make your own board game.  Unlike a traditional board games, your game can encompass something yourself, your friends and your family are passionate about.  It could be a traditional board game like Risk, Monopoly,and Sorry or a trivia game like Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity or Trivia Pursuit.

The great thing about developing your own board game is you can make it as simple or difficult as you want to.  Another incredible thing about making you can be as crafty as you want to be.  Whether your use traditional techniques such clay, and cardboard or new technologies such as screens or 3-D printers you can product your own game pieces and obstacles at home easily and at a reduced costs.   Applications such as TinkerCad, you can design your own unique 3D models  or even tweak exist designs from Thingiverse.

Smart devices provide you with another way to develop your own game without worrying about all the little pieces.  There are a plethora of die applications for IOS and Android.  Coin flipping apps can used when you can’t seem to find that perfect quarter.  There are even notecard applications can be used to simulate the game cards themselves.

Whether your friends are obsessed with Lord of the Rings, Gossip Girl or Spongebob you can develop your own special board game without heading to the store.

**Check out my Intractable page to see the progress of my own board game based on obsession on startups and entrepreneurship, tentatively titled “Startup Life”.

Less Screens More Fun

Over the last 30 years technology has improved at an astonishing rate.  This increase in technology has provided us with a means of communicating and connecting with people around the world.  At the same time this technology is making us almost blind to issues and events talking place in our home towns and neighborhoods

Regardless of which of these beliefs is true, there is no doubt that people are spending an incredible amount of time in front of screens.  According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, children spend an average of 7.5 hours a day in front of screens.  Adults spend even more time in front of screens. As a current Graduate Student at Lehigh University  I can say that I spend a majority of my day in front of some form of a screen.

I am a firm believer that technology is very useful and people can learn a great deal through technology.  However, I also believe that I the world around us is incredible and there are plenty of ways to create memories by using minimal amount of screens.  Children imitate their parents so the more time that parents spend in front of screens the more time that children will believe is okay for them in front of the screens.

Stop Being Bored wants to allow people to stop being bored and start having fun. Every week we will post a new activity that families can that encourages them to spend limit the amount of time in front of screens  We recognize that screens are always going to be there.  So instead of ignoring screens, we want to use them as the tools they are to start doing fun and incredible things with screens.


The StopBeingBored™ Team