"If you want to impress a girl, take her on a date to the Oscars... And then win."
That's what Peggy Orenstein said yesterday on NPR. It's very reminiscent of Stephen Colbert's advice to recent college grads:
"The best career advice I can give you is to get your own TV show. It pays well, the hours are good, and you are famous."
It's funny to think that just fifteen years ago, telling a recent college grad that they should start their own company would fall into the same category of amusing fake advice. But fast forward a few years and we have all these people like Seth, Guy, DHH, pg, etc. explaining step-by-step just how it's done. And, more often than not, organizing communities that make things happen.
Al says that we have all these people who won't admit to themselves that what they really want is to be a rock star, pro athlete, TV host, etc. because they don't think they can succeed. And maybe they're right. But if they are, I suspect not for long.
What's happened in the last ten years for entrepreneurs is about to happen for astronauts, wine makers, and race car drivers. Leaders will form tribes, tribes will offer advice, and the best of that advice will be collected and made available to everyone.
Winning an Oscar may never be sound advice for picking up a girl, but telling someone they should go out and make an Oscar-quality documentary will no longer come off as laughable. It'll just be what you do next after college.