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:
- Making a habit to work on something every day goes a long way.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Good solutions are always simple.
- Design matters. A lot.
- It's far far easier to point out others' mistakes than to make something better yourself.
- 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.
- 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.
- When you dread something that must be done you need to transform your attitude towards it - instead of trying to avoid doing it.