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Monday, May 18, 2015

My "How-to-turn-from-Wantrepreneur-to-Entrepreneur" List

I've been pretty quiet lately (not that I ever was particularly non-quiet) and it's not because I've given up. In fact, I haven't - while the initial enthusiasm has faded away a while ago, I'm still determined to make things work in a way that is useful for you.

Over the course of the last year, I learned a lot of things... both regarding web development, what people are actually looking for, and how to change my own behavior so I can make things work.

There's a few bits of advice that keep reoccuring everywhere and that I find to be particularly helpful:
  1. Making a habit to work on something every day goes a long way.
  2. It takes conscious effort to work on the right thing. It's easy to get side-tracked by old habits - the attraction of an old habit is proportional to often you used to do it.
  3. Any craft takes 10.000 hours to master. Only hours where you work on something you feel is difficult seem to count. (No I'm not there yet by any means.)
  4. Good solutions are always simple.
  5. Design matters. A lot.
  6. It's far far easier to point out others' mistakes than to make something better yourself. 
  7. Wantrepreneurs believe that "passion" is the main ingredient to make things work - but it's not: working consistently on something and constantly challenging your assumptions (or delusions) is.
  8. Detaching your own self-worth from the things you make or do is the key to being able to gracefully accept and benefit from constructive criticism.
  9. When you dread something that must be done you need to transform your attitude towards it - instead of trying to avoid doing it.
Can you relate to some of these points? What kind of advice would you give someone like me?