Don’t make decisions because of fortune cookies.

You may or may have not heard of If you haven’t it’s of course a wiki site, but with a twist.

    Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Milliondollarwiki is Graham Langdon’s attempt to make a million dollars on the internet. Graham is a senior at the University of Conneticut, and he is in debt up to his eyeballs with student loans. Awhile back Graham had an idea about how he could make some money to pay that off.

What was his idea? He created a wiki and sold pages on the wiki for $100 a piece. The $100 gets the buyer a page for life on the milliondollarwiki.

That sounds too simple to be true right? It is simple, but most great ideas are. Look at themilliondollarhomepage. That guy had a simple idea to sell 1 million pixels on his site for $1 a piece. By the way, he sold all of them. You do the math.

I applaud Graham on his ingenious idea and wish him the best, but that’s not really why I am writing this. From time to time I read his blog to check up on his progress (375 pages sold as of this post). Today, I came across a post entitled “Good-bye UConn!“. I took it from the title that he was quitting school. That was no big shocker. I understand he’s got to embrace this wave and ride it as far as he can, because he can always go back to school. What I didn’t expect was what motivated him to quit.

Here’s the first line of the aforementioned post.

Would you call me crazy if I told you that I dropped out of school because a fortune cookie told me to?

Apparently Graham was taking his new girlfriend out for chinese, and his fortune cookie that night had a message that he took very literal.

graham's fortune cookie

Come on Graham! Just admit you wanted to quit school and focus on your website. Don’t blame it on the poor fortune cookie.

I am thinking of sending Graham a “free” fortune cookie. You think he would give his site to me if that fortune cookie told him to? I bet not.

Note: Graham posted in the comments to let me know that he didn’t quit school. He just quit his RA position.

Posted on August 20, 2007
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2 Responses to “Don’t make decisions because of fortune cookies.”

  1. Graham on August 25th, 2007 9:20 pm

    I must be getting a reputation by now for commenting on random blogs that mention me… but its just because people love to let me know what blogs they found talking about MDW. Anyway here goes.

    To set the record straight, all I quit was my RA position. I couldn’t sit in a room all day and learn about the bumper sticker ethics of the department of ResLife. They actually teach us that “ethics” is what’s legal and not what is actually right. That’s scary.

    Anyway long story short, I was running this business, that’s taking off, not getting any sleep at night, sleeping through my training classes, thinking up excuses as to why I missed my classes, and it was just turning into a sleep-deprived nightmare.

    So, the fortune cookie gave me the nudge and I packed up and left. I left my job and living Uconn, and yes it was to focus on the site.

    I now live back at home, work on the site full time, but also take 12 credits, enough to make me a full time student. I commute two days a week as all my classes are scheduled on tuesday and thursday.

    Now that I’ve spent way too much time setting the record straight, I have to get back in bed with my beautiful girlfriend. Her name is Hailey and we are probably going to get married, but not because of a fortune cookie.

  2. Trai Davenport on August 25th, 2007 9:51 pm

    So now, I guess I’m another college kid who dropped out due to a booming internet business.

    Glad you changed your mind, and thanks for setting the record straight Graham. I will edit this post to show that you didn’t quit college – just the RA position.

    Congrats on the success of milliondollarwiki. You give us “aspiring moguls” something to shoot for.

    P.S. I am glad you are not getting married because of a fortune cookie :).

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