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5 days left…

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5 days left to launch…

After 2 years of anticipation, long working hours to pay for building a dream come to life and make a living on the side, long discussions and arguments with a tech team in another part of the world and where things are done ‘differently’, nervous moments about how to fund the next part of the development, waking up each morning at 4am to work according to a time zone so different to mine, moving forward against all odds….and just when I thought we had everything set up, what happens? The whole site crashes!

Time is ticking and I currently have no control and cannot do anything. Do I feel nervous, funny enough not as much I perhaps should? I have a feeling that things will be sorted in one way or another. They always do. The day the site crashed, a friend just turned up out of the blue and asked how things are going? So I told him about the problem and he’s respond was “oh…I happen to be very good at that, let me see…”

Was an angel sent to me?

He has since been working so hard to try and solve the issues until very late each night and up again the next morning to continue on what he left off only a few hours before. He is having frustrating conversations with the development team in a different time zone who are not exactly being cooperative to help to clear up the messes. Yet, he is smiling and keeping calm. With no expectations, not asking for anything in return and only trying to help. He must be an angel, right?

The project has been moving forward ‘magically’. Only a month ago, I was looking to find a project manager to ensure that the final part of the development runs smoothly and to help me to take over the project from India. A friend, who has a busy project of his own and a family including a little baby to take care of, actually made the effort to search through all his networks to find someone available for this job. Are these people angels or what?

So I set up a meeting with the potential Project Manager and immediately had a good feeling about him.  My only concern was the cost so I was waiting in anticipation to hear the news. Not surprisingly, he brought up the topic but to my greatest surprise he said “I will do this for you for free, life has been good so I am in no immediate need of money!” What?  Really? Another angel?

And two weeks ago, I needed someone I could trust to look into the final bugs and to do final testing on performance etc. A short email to a friend who I haven’t spoken to for a while… and the respond; “I would gladly help”

Words cannot describe my appreciation for being surrounded by such good people!

When help has been needed the most, help has come in different ways. Perhaps this is the reason why I am not as nervous as I perhaps should be.  Not to say that I don’t worry, I do…a lot! Most worried about the amazing guys who are working on this day and night to ensure that the deadline is kept regardless of the big challenge we are currently facing. They are taking the pressure on their shoulders and reassuring me that things will be sorted.

I see all these great people helping and moving things forward without any expectations and wonder why anyone would ever say that we live in a world where goodness no longer exists. It does and it is everywhere. We just have to be able to see and appreciate it.

There is no lack of good people and great circumstances… there is only the lack of appreciation!

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