Jason Tranter

Managing Director, Mobius Institute
Merricks North, Australia

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Jason Tranter
Posted over 2 years ago
Amanda Palmer: The art of asking
Yes. On my own Web site I have lots of free downloads - that's my choice and I do it for a reason. But when people take the content that I sell and make copies and offer it via dodgy download sites - then I object. And when people advocate making digital content for free - then I get annoyed.
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Jason Tranter
Posted over 2 years ago
Amanda Palmer: The art of asking
The TED model is based on people watching for free. They are financially supported through donations (and, I assume, fee paying attendees at conferences). That works for TED and that's fine. There is nothing wrong with offering a model based on donations. It just should not be *required* of any type of artist (or content provider) to require donations. When people are willing to download music (and other content) for free, without it coming directly from the creator, then they must realize it is theft and they should be stopped.
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Jason Tranter
Posted over 2 years ago
Amanda Palmer: The art of asking
And you think that is a solution that all content providers should adopt? You can't be serious. If someone is happy to do that - fine. But they shouldn't be forced to because people won't pay for the content in the first place.
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Jason Tranter
Posted over 2 years ago
Amanda Palmer: The art of asking
I did not say that Amanda advocated theft, nor am I threatened (I have found a lucrative way to sell what I create). I object to any artist (musician or other content provider) being expected to find abstract ways to earn money when the rest of society gets paid for their service. They only have to do that because what they produce is not a physical item and it does not require labor at the time of delivery. Society seems to have decided that if it is electronic it is free - and a small minority (hopefully a growing minority) are still willing to donate, use paid download services, or support the content provider in other ways.
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Jason Tranter
Posted over 2 years ago
Amanda Palmer: The art of asking
Here, here! Let all those who believe music should be free offer their services for free. Some may say that free music is the new reality. Through the eons society has faced disease, dictators and many other problems. Society can just shrug its shoulders and say "that is the new reality", or it can decide that it is wrong and do something about it. Free downloads (of music and all other electronic content) is theft and it should be stopped. Why can't that be the new reality?
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Jason Tranter
Posted over 2 years ago
Amanda Palmer: The art of asking
I don't know why one group of professional people, whether they are artists, musicians, or other producers of electronic content, are supposed to accept the premise that you have to resort to such measures in order to earn a fair return on a lot of hard work, creativity and talent. This idea that electronic content should be free and you have to find other ways to earn a living, through donations or by creating "added value" items that do sell is simply giving people who copy and download for free an excuse to continue something that the whole community should acknowledge as theft. We are all "happy" to pay other professions their fair wage, whether they are nurses, lawyers, or accountants - why not musicians and people who create electronic training products and ebooks (etc.)? Sure, you can say "this is the new reality, find a way to adapt" - but that is easy for you to say if you have a normal paying job where what you earn is in proportion to hours worked and skills provided. Congratulations to Amanda for finding a way to survive; but I would not wish that lifestyle on anyone. Rather than supporting theft of electronic content, there should be a community campaign to embarrass people into paying for other people's hard work, creativity and talent.
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Jason Tranter
Posted over 3 years ago
What's your excuse for not pursuing your passion?
Following a passion does not have to result in plundering the earth. Following a passion does not have to mean a strive for significant profit. But I don't think earning a profit from hard work should mean that a person is no longer following a passion. I think that some of the comments below reflect society's built-in "programming" that stops people from stepping away from the obvious, risk-free path. "It is bad to strive for profit". "People who follow their passion plunder the earth's resources". "You are too young". "You need more time/money." Sorry, these are all excuses. You should not feel bad about not following your passion (or starting a new business, whether it is a "passion" or not) - you are no less a person. But you should not use these excuses to stop you from doing something that you would actually like to do. Most "successful" people ("successful" by almost any definition) fail a few times before they experience "success". Treat the failures like stepping stones. These comments may reflect Western culture, but I think it has more to do with what your passion is; meditation, raising children, creating great artwork, writing software, training people - whatever.
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Jason Tranter
Posted over 3 years ago
What's your excuse for not pursuing your passion?
Everyone's situation is different. Everyone has to be realistic. The challenge is when to recognize whether the barriers are real or not. I have not had to overcome racism or bigotry, and I did not have to overcome physical danger, but I have had to overcome lots of other things. The other question is whether you want to live your life knowing "at least I tried" instead of "I wonder what would have happened if I had tried". I have been fortunate enough to find something I am passionate about. I don't think your goals have to be lofty or involve great financial reward. For example, I LOVED coaching my son's junior basketball and soccer teams; but the ungrateful beats grew up and their skills surpassed my coaching ability ;) How inconsiderate! I also think that there is a lot to be said about taking in pride in what you do; regardless of your environment - you can be passionate about doing well at whatever it is you do. It is when you hate what you do and turn a blind eye to things around you that I think a change is required.
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Jason Tranter
Posted over 3 years ago
What's your excuse for not pursuing your passion?
I once wanted to be a marine biologist. My Father told me "There are no jobs in marine biology. Get a good job so you can afford to SCUBA dive on the weekends". I used to think that was great advice. I took engineering instead. I worked for Hewlett-Packard and after two years decided to leave and start my own business - when I was just 23. So many HP guys who had been there 5, 10, 20 years said "I have been wanting to do that for years! I will do it one day.". I bet that none of them ever did. Since then I started a business, sold a business, started another business, and now have training centers in 50 countries. Yep, it has been hard work, but I have always followed my passion. There have been so MANY times when I could have done something less risky but chose to continue to follow my passion. I have two children (the best boys you'll ever meet) and I have balanced work and home life by working from home. Why am I telling you my life story? You really can follow your passion if you break free of the excuses and the barriers thrown up by your parents, family, friends - and your own mind. Stop thinking of all the reasons why you should not do something and focus on how you will do it (not how you could do it). Get a focus, make a plan and do it. It sounds easy, but you have to make a change in your mind - once you create a plan, once you take your first step, everything changes. Ignore the naysayers - they are fearful that if you make it they will feel bad that they did not also try. And don't make it about the money. Happiness and success should instead be about how much you enjoy your life - how you spring out of bed in the morning with enthusiasm for what you are doing.