Quit the tutorials, the all-day Facebook sessions, the dinners with your in-laws who wonder when you're getting a "real" job--just get to work.
This is simple good advice. I like "Unsubscribe from everything and put blockers. Information that does not help your startup is worthless." It is worth spending the time to unsubscribe from emails one by one it'll be done.
and this is true for me: "Value your time. You can only concentrate for up to two hours at a time."
This very true for me. I constantly ask myself,"Is this worth my time? What do I want to do right now for reals?"
This list is shorter than i would expect. I think of more thing that would help with starting a start-up.
It is true though people who do startup do have startups. It's kinda like people who have businesses especially here in Hawaii. I sometimes wonder how do THESE people have a business? It seems in a recession it might be easier to start a business than it would to be hired by one.
@Sarah--I think ninety minutes is the longest many of us can concentrate. I knew an expert horse trainer who advised against teaching the animal anything new for a longer period than that, so maybe this is a mammalian constant.
If I were to expand the article, I'd like to see more discussion of how to reconcile the need to meet other startup people with the need to focus on one's own work without concern for somebody else's apparent success.
Woah, kind of scary. "Stop 'studying'" - I'll have to work on that one.
But bitter pills are the ones you really should take.
I like the tough love attitude taken by the author.
Reading that helped me understand that I just might not have the right psychology. I like interweaving various lines of activity, and the way they play off each other, I'm fascinated by almost everything and maintain too many active interests with some degree of success (music, coding, writing fiction, researching, teaching) to do just one thing. And I left my full-time job years and years ago and seem to have managed to survive. My weaknesses are that I get a good feeling (aka validation) from being helpful and have a slightly obsessive approach to any kind of information, a trend that started with the very first Wiki, and got fanned into a flame on StackOverflow.
Despite joining StartupGuild, putting ideas out there and even developing one of them (it didn't take off, but I haven't given up), perhaps I enjoy being a generalist too much to do a full-on startup. After all, dilittante is originally from the Latin delectare “to delight”. I don't think this is a cry for startup help, but…
I am continually amazed by all of the things you are interested in Dave. I agree that an interest in so many things may not mesh well with a startup mentality.
Thanks Jared. I still have startup goals, one of which (after asking around) could suit developers who want questionnaires in their own site's style with a more intuitive interface than radio/checkboxes, but (despite having a keen designer friend) I've still not made enough time to start work on it.
...and "amateur" means "lover". I have the exact same "problem", or rather personality type, as you Dave. I get restless and feel boxed in if I have to use the same part of my brain exclusively for too long. I need a mix of the technical, creative, visual, verbal... But I don't think that means you can't run a start-up. Just means you need to work with the right people, who complement you, and make sure to plan for varying responsibilities, not for single-minded specialization.
I would whole-heartedly agree with you Felix. If you're a one man show having a laser focus is key. But if you have a team then you can allow for some exploration.
@Felix thanks for the encouragement. Finding the right people who are also willing to commit enough time has been the issue, but I won't stop trying...
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