Again, One Is Too Small A Number

Happy birthday to us. We celebrate our first birthday today. Right in the middle of recession hype, on August 12th 2008, I put paper to pen and Aaron+Gould was born.

One year later I realise again than one is too small a number to acheive significance.

One is too small a number because one year isn’t enough to do what we want to do. We believe in experience, we really do, and the frameworks that we have built contain the type of thinking that is needed not only in businesses, but in charities, churches, families, cities, orphanages, and the rest. Memories matter. And memories are made from compelling experiences. Families need to make memories. Churches need to make memories. Orphanages need to make good memories, to balance out the bad ones.

In our work with young people we find that all too many of our nation’s children’s are over exposed to abuse, drugs, alcohol and gangs – but they are under exposed to opportunity, the reward of work, culture, and even their own potential.

And so we believe the market for experience is as large as the human race.

One is also too small a number, because I didn’t do this year by myself. I signed the papers, but my team has worked tirelessly with me. But even we didn’t do this by ourselves. We did it with you. Every Exeter Twitterati, every friend from around the world, every person who comments and encourages me on this blog, every person whose had coffee with me – every one – we did it with you. And we intend to do the next year with you too.

Today at 12:00 BST, to say thanks, we’re giving out some birthday presents. I’ll be doing a Qik to announce it, and then the blog post will appear on the Aaron+Gould blog. It’s only little, but it’s well worth being there.

So, again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Archived Comments

  • Robin_Dickinson

    NOW WE ARE ONE

    One > Oneness > Wholeness

    One > Integer > Integrity

    One > Ten > Ten thousand

    One > Begun > Outdone

    Happy 1st Birthday Scott & team.

    Best, Robin

  • Robin_Dickinson

    NOW WE ARE ONE

    One > Oneness > Wholeness

    One > Integer > Integrity

    One > Ten > Ten thousand

    One > Begun > Outdone

    Happy 1st Birthday Scott & team.

    Best, Robin

  • Scott Gould

    Robert,

    Thank you – it’s been a pleasure having you along for the ride thus
    far – can’t wait to end up in Australia sometime soon!

  • Scott Gould

    Robin,

    Thank you – it’s been a pleasure having you along for the ride thus
    far – can’t wait to end up in Australia sometime soon!

  • http://jimsmarketingblog.com/ Jim Connolly

    Happy birthday!

  • http://jimsmarketingblog.com/ Jim Connolly

    Happy birthday!

  • Scott Gould

    Jim, my day is now complete – thanks for the well wishes mate.

  • Scott Gould

    Jim, my day is now complete – thanks for the well wishes mate.

  • sambull

    Happy Birthday to Aaron & Gould – I hope this year will be a year of shaping many more awesome experiences!!!

  • sambull

    Happy Birthday to Aaron & Gould – I hope this year will be a year of shaping many more awesome experiences!!!

  • Scott Gould

    Thank you Chuck Norris! ;-)

  • Scott Gould

    Thank you Chuck Norris! ;-)

  • mscottgould

    Great job Scott and everyone…!! I’m reading every email.
    Just some late night thoughts….

    Years will drift by one day at a time.
    Whether we fail or succeed the sun will rise.
    Every day is a gift each more special than the last.
    Appreciate every moment, every thought from the past.
    Look beyond tomorrow.
    Stay focused on today.
    Yesterday’s a memory, don’t let it slip away.
    Imagine how “it” will be.
    Remember how “it” was.
    Listen to the negative…
    See all the good…
    When idea’s are plenty actions are few.
    Standing on the edge provides the best view….
    Today is a mile stone

  • mscottgould

    Great job Scott and everyone…!! I’m reading every email.
    Just some late night thoughts….

    Years will drift by one day at a time.
    Whether we fail or succeed the sun will rise.
    Every day is a gift each more special than the last.
    Appreciate every moment, every thought from the past.
    Look beyond tomorrow.
    Stay focused on today.
    Yesterday’s a memory, don’t let it slip away.
    Imagine how “it” will be.
    Remember how “it” was.
    Listen to the negative…
    See all the good…
    When idea’s are plenty actions are few.
    Standing on the edge provides the best view….
    Today is a mile stone

  • Scott Gould

    Thanks as always for your comments and kind words. I appreciate the
    poetry- as you’ll see, today I’ve posted some of my own!

    Thanks for being part of out community, I really value it.

    Scott

  • Scott Gould

    Thanks as always for your comments and kind words. I appreciate the
    poetry- as you’ll see, today I’ve posted some of my own!

    Thanks for being part of out community, I really value it.

    Scott

  • mscottgould

    Hello Scott,

    I didn’t intend on writing poetry. (thank you for referring to it as such)

    After all, I think this is supposed to be a business blog….

    I had lunch with a co-worker yesterday.

    Her personal life is affecting her job performance.

    She is a smart woman, but not formally educated above 12th grade.

    I tried to share my experiences with her and communicate a sense of purpose and hope.

    Bottom line, she has a misserable job and managment is the problem.

    How do we fix management?

    Kind Regards,

    M.Scott Gould

  • mscottgould

    Hello Scott,

    I didn’t intend on writing poetry. (thank you for referring to it as such)

    After all, I think this is supposed to be a business blog….

    I had lunch with a co-worker yesterday.

    Her personal life is affecting her job performance.

    She is a smart woman, but not formally educated above 12th grade.

    I tried to share my experiences with her and communicate a sense of purpose and hope.

    Bottom line, she has a misserable job and managment is the problem.

    How do we fix management?

    Kind Regards,

    M.Scott Gould

  • Scott Gould

    M.Scott,

    You might not have intended, but this was poetic!

    For your co-worker – could you clarify a bit more? You said that her
    personal life is affecting job performance, but then said that
    management is the problem. Do you mean, management of her life?

  • Scott Gould

    M.Scott,

    You might not have intended, but this was poetic!

    For your co-worker – could you clarify a bit more? You said that her
    personal life is affecting job performance, but then said that
    management is the problem. Do you mean, management of her life?

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