At the beginning of a new project, business, or even relationship, the information you have at your disposal is typically low. You have to make decisions without robust data or evidence, lest you get caught in analysis paralysis.
Consequently, your decisions will rest on assumptions that can’t – at the time – be tested.
Continue reading “Update your assumptions”
When I have a task to do, I like to jump right in.
If I have a copywriting project on my plate, I’ll start writing. If it’s design, I’ll open up Sketch. If it’s product strategy, I’ll create a blank note and start dreaming.
Getting started feels good. It makes me feel like I’m being productive and doing work that matters.
But it’s a mistake.
Continue reading “First, step back”
I’ve made many mistakes in my short professional career. Some big, some small, and many others (known and unknown) that I still make today.
One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made (and seen) is wasting time on things that don’t matter.
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What drew me to business was freedom. Freedom from the shackles of employment and freedom to experience all the things that employment denied.
Or so I thought.
Continue reading “Owner freedom vs employee freedom”
Failure is a teacher.
Crashing and burning your way to failure in a spectacular way is an even better teacher.
Continue reading “Failure (not your own) as a teacher”
I used to think that starting a business would make me happy.
So I did it. $1,000 seed money and a piece of paper later, I was the proud owner of something new. Yet I can’t say that it was pride I felt that day; or joy, happiness, or even excitement.
Continue reading “Things will be better when…”