Starting is one the most difficult parts of any creative endeavour.
The good thing is, though, that once you start, you got the inertia working for you. And once you pick up a certain momentum, you’ll actually be hard to stop.
So start now, that’s the hard part. It will get easier later.
…simplify, scrutinize, minify, reduce, remove.
If solving a problem doesn’t lead to a breakthrough, if it doesn’t have any meaningful impact on your resources (time, position, money, productivity) the problem is very likely irrelevant.
You’re much better off if you ignore these kind of problems, or hack your way through them, and concentrate on the relevant ones.
When somebody says that you will get excellent quality for excellent price, they’re most certainly lying about the quality.
And when somebody says that you will get excellent price for excellent quality, they’re usually lying about the price — but more likely, they’re lying about the quality.
Exceptions to this rule are so rare that you’re much better off not even considering the possibility that they exist.
You don’t always have to win. Putting in a decent effort is sometimes good enough.
Sure, a decent effort won’t win you a World Cup, but it just might win you some hearts. And in my book that’s even better.
To get unstuck (personally, professionally or creatively) you sometimes need to be pushed.
The push can come from any direction and from just about anyone or anything, but it usually comes from where you least expect it.
The key is to recognize it and to let yourself go. Even if the push was in the wrong direction, you’ll learn a whole bunch of valuable lessons because of it.
I’m not good enough.
I’m too good.
I don’t care.
I care too much.
This is too risky.
This is perfectly safe.
I don’t have enough time.
I have too much time.
I will fail.
I will succeed.
I don’t work enough.
I work too much.
The truth is, as always, somewhere in between.
The hardest part of any project (at least for me) is knowing when to stop. Knowing when it’s the time to stop perfecting it, stop iterating, stop sweating over bits and pieces and show it to the world.
And I bet that a lot of you feels the same way.
There’s always a bit more you can do. There’s always an extra detail you can sweat over, there’s always a slightly better solution to the problem, there’s always a different and better way to structure the sentence, there’s always… you get the point.
Yes, it is a bad thing if you ship it before it’s ready, but It seems that most of us is shipping too late, rather than too soon. If it’s good enough, show it to the world. Responses are never as bad as you think they will be. Quite the contrary, actually.
If you’re looking for problems, you’ll find problems. And if you’re looking for solutions, you’ll find solutions.
This may be an oversimplification, but you can use it to your advantage.
You’ll find a series of problems for every solution you find. But you’ll also find a series of solutions for every problem you find.
The same goes, even though it doesn’t seem so at first, for questions and answers, too.
Sometimes it seems to me that I’m not working hard enough, sometimes that I’m not good enough.
Sometimes it seems to me that I should be more productive, sometimes that I should do more with my time.
Sometimes it seems to me that I’m not knowledgeable enough, sometimes that I can’t do any better.
Sometimes it seems to me that I’m sleeping too much, sometimes that I’m not paying enough attention.
Sometimes it seems to me that nothing makes any sense, sometimes that I shouldn’t be wasting so much time.
Sometimes it seems to me that it’s not worth it, sometimes that I should just give up.
And sometimes, just sometimes, it seems to me that I should pay no attention to the sometimes that are bothering me.
And sometimes, just sometimes, it seems to me that something I do is actually worth something to someone.
And that’s exactly why sometimes matter.