Paul Graham, How To Do What You Love
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It is not easy. It may well not be the right path for you. If you choose to do a startup make sure you know the risks and you are doing it for the right reasons.
Build something you care about.
Build something that makes peoples lives better.
Build something that will motivate you against all odds.
Embrace serendipity. Grab all the opportunities you can, work harder than you have ever worked, make your own luck but do look after yourself first. Eat right, sleep decent hours and try to get as much of a work / life balance as you can.
Advice For Designers
“I think you should always do more than what people ask for. Or we should not only look for what they ask for, but what they would like to do if they had the courage to ask for it.”
by Hartmut Esslinger, the founder of the legendary design firm Frog Design
People say the secret to successful blogging is to “keep putting out good content”.
But that’s not totally true.
You could be writing amazing posts that nobody hears about.
As creators and doers our most important resource isn’t talent or creativity but clarity. Faced with endless ideas and opportunity the real challenge is to find a way to push past the static and noise to focus on one thing.
Once you find clarity in what you are creating for, filtering through ideas becomes a simple exercise. What is the one problem you want to create a solution for?
Help me write. Would you like to read more about this?
Ben Horowitz, Capital market climate change - Term Sheet
I should mention one sort of initial tactic that usually doesn’t work: the Big Launch. I occasionally meet founders who seem to believe startups are projectiles rather than powered aircraft, and that they’ll make it big if and only if they’re launched with sufficient initial velocity. They want to launch simultaneously in 8 different publications, with embargoes. And on a tuesday, of course, since they read somewhere that’s the optimum day to launch something.
It’s easy to see how little launches matter. Think of some successful startups. How many of their launches do you remember? All you need from a launch is some initial core of users. How well you’re doing a few months later will depend more on how happy you made those users than how many there were of them.
100% agree. I’m still surprised how few entrepreneurs realize this despite the proof being everywhere you look. I get that you worked really hard on something for months (if not years) on end and you want to see (and want for your team to see) your startup’s name in lights. But it’s so much better when those lights are shined on a star, not an actor in an audition.
Very, very few startups are star-level right out of the gate. Use that time with less of the spotlight to your advantage. Learn how to become the star. Then the spotlight will find you.
The right course of action might be to stop what you’re doing, and regain your biggest asset – yourself.
Robert A. Heinlein, quote from Bobby McKenna’s talk at Valio Con 2013
Profit is an enabler. It’s usually (not always) an indicator that you’re doing something that your customers really need, at a price point that makes sense. Profit gives an organization the ability to iterate faster, reach more people and beat subpar competitors. And most importantly, stay in business.
Entrepreneurs: Don’t listen to the “must be not-for-profit if you want to change the World” bullshit. The folks who figure out how to build a truly profitable and lasting company will be the ones that really change the World.
Matthieu Ricard, in his book of conversations with his philosopher father, “The Monk and the Philosopher”
Ernest Hemingway, on the paralysis that often comes when stopping and restarting projects.