Reality Blogging?

I See A Story Everywhere, In Everything
I See A Story Everywhere, In Everything

Last week I posted about an entrepreneurial idea.

What if everything you did could be considered a business expense?

My Accountant friend looked at me, while we were jogging, as if I had lost my mind.

I can’t expense a hair cut, but what if the whole experience was part of some bigger picture? A look at an ordinary life, trying to change the world, one blog post at a time?

People said Napster’s business model would fail, plus, they said, it was illegal.

Anyone subscribe to Napster or Rhapsody music service?

Just because no one has done it and everyone says it’s not legal, doesn’t mean the world (or one lone soul) isn’t ready to embrace it.

No, Seriously, I Do
No, Seriously, I Do

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Um, not that I want to rain on your parade or anything, but….

    Napster did fail. They were violating intellectual property rights and the court shut them down. Another outfit bought the name (brand) and used it for their legal business model.

    Just Sayin’

  2. I recognize Mike’s point and see the financial verity in it.

    However, I disagree with the semantics, in the use of “fail” (gotta love a semantic argument).

    I believe they sparked a revolution and gave a certain mindset a more mainstream recognition.

    Not sure of the timing between Napster and the iTunes store, but what would the state of DRM be without Napster pushing boundaries. I think Apple (recognizing I do love their products), and its near tyrannical control over its information, can probably attribute millions of dollars in benefits in its combating the free-form file-sharing practices of Napster users.

    Napster grew an awareness to fighting the big dogs. It taught countless Millenials how to convert their audio/video files into suitable formats, which contributed to an even greater desire to make their computers do their bidding. Hacking became more commonplace, and not just a derogatory term.

    Comfort in programming and computer troubleshooting used to be restricted to their respective circles. Now, more and more “common” people are becoming comfortable in servicing their own needs and embracing the open-source mentaility – that information should be able to be shared freely.

    This is the backbone on which the Android OS operates. It’s even fueled the app-building circles for Apple’s highly-vetted App Store. It’s also helped me to realize that, if I want to type a paper or build a spreadsheet, I don’t need to have a copy of MS Office on hand. I can use the more budget-friendly, open source, or Google Docs.

    It’s taught me to not accept what’s most conveniently put in front of me, but to envision and seek out alternatives.

    So, yeah, it failed in an operational perspective.

    But, in a more romantic, idealistic sense; It’s successful in fueling thought and innovation in countless ways.

  3. I appreciate what Mike and Craig bring to this conversation. Anyone else have a thought?

    I still value what Napster attempted. It inspires the heck out of me.

    Same with what Rosa Parks attempted.

    And even Frank G. Wells, who attempted Everest. He didn’t make to the top, but he tried.

  4. Jeff,

    Failure is all in the perspective of the audience. Believe me – right now, I know this first-hand. But there are moral victories, innovative victories, and even failures that urge others to try to succeed.

    Lately, mine has been more of the moral victories, but I am learning that from each “failure,” it wasn’t as much of a failure as it was an attempt or a willingness to try. Stepping out…Napster stepped out where others didn’t and blazed a trail for those following.


  5. One of the reasons moral victories are challenging is because they don’t pay the rent. Not initially anyway. But they do help develop our personal “brand”, our reputation.
    And it is our reputation, ultimately (and great marketing) that pay the rent.
    Stay strong. Stay focused. Be creative and hopeful.

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