Lessons from a 30min conversation with Wikipedia Founder

Last night I arrived in Lagos to present a session on social media strategy. I was met at the airport by the a very professional and very friendly man who guided me into that parking lot outside. The parking lot reminded me a lot of the back alley of a night club, and there by an unmarked white van with tinted windows we stopped. I realized this van was my transport to the hotel and a kind gentleman opened the door. To my dismay, sitting in the van, catching up on email, sat Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. Who would have thought I would have the incredible opportunity to meet Jimmy sitting in a parking lot in Lagos. Anyway, I seized the opportunity the chat to Jimmy about his experiences with Wikipedia and was able to draw out a few gems for those who read this blog. Behind every success is a failure where alot of learning took place I experienced this in my own life and it was nice to hear Jimmy talk about the same experience. Jimmy started a project similar to Wikipedia before starting the popular encyclopedia. It was there that he learnt how to succeed with the project by learning from the mistakes he made. My advice to anyone looking to start something big would be to keep going no matter how much you learn (fail). It can only get better from here. It’s all about community Jimmy chatted about the idea that Wikipedia succeeded...

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