For our non-South African readers: Potjiekos – is a stew prepared outdoors in a traditional round, cast iron, three-legged pot (the potjie). From Wikipedia.
Last week he received an email, which led to a meeting with large corporate – then potential sponsors and partners.
“You see those small bubbles, you have to cook it with small bubbles” he explained to 4 year old Josh. Unlike such gatherings, there weren’t copious (bordering on illegal) amounts of wine. In fact, there wasn’t any wine at all.
As it turns out, over the past 2 years, Philén Naidu expected meetings with his sponsors to be fruitless. Afterall, he had been to such meetings before. In the past, he had to bring proposals and paperwork. Sound familiar?
When you’ve built a project, even a business, over time you expect meetings to be similar. This was different, it lasted 10 minutes without paperwork. (A 5-minute introduction, and 5 minutes about his project.)
The time you spend creating a model, in this case a community project, reduces resistance. It may be surprising when it happens, but it does.
The small bubbles, like slow but gradual movement, cook perfectly and it could take 5 minutes for drastic change to happen. Keep at it.