Screw It, Let’s Do It!

“Screw It, Let’s Do It!” ~ Sir Richard Branson

This is one of the most powerful advices one could ever get. It’s powerful because it can change lives. It’s powerful because it works … however, it’s not so easy to make it work.

The reason is your #1 enemy who pretends to be your friend and lives inside you.

Outside enemies are relatively easy to deal with. You know who they are. You know what their intentions are. You know you have to be careful or you’re gone.

But the enemy inside you, the voice of procrastination and resistance, that’s the one you need to be eagle-eyed about.

Do not be friends with your enemy.

As it turns out, most of us have very generous hearts and we want to be friends with our enemies too including procrastination and resistance.

We act like an edgeless sword against it.

We let their charm take us over.

We let that voice lead.

Run. Walk away. Get off.

Screw that voice, let’s do it.

In Search of Self-Worth

Do you know what’s your self worth?

Are you in search of things that are beyond the logical boundaries of sorts?

Do you believe in …

yourself,
your vision,
your co-founders,
your product idea …

… and your startup so deeply that others find your beliefs highly opinionated, unreasonable and outside the generally accepted norms?

If so, then chances are you might be creating your destiny in a way you won’t regret later.

But if your default is to never sound opinionated, unreasonable and you always strive to act within the accepted norms, then you’re probably not living your full potential.

Reflect on it. You would know What You Should be Doing Vs. What You’ve Been Doing is in harmony or not.

Your Mirror is a Powerful Tool

When did you last look at yourself through mirror?

“Funny question,” you might think. “I look at mirror everyday!”

Not so simple. Read on …

You look at mirror to be aware about how you look like.

  • If you haven’t combed your hair, you will comb it.
  • If you have put on some weight, then you will join a personal fitness program.
  • If the color of your shirt does not look good on you, you will change it.
  • If you are aware about how you look, you will do something about it.

Awareness.

With higher level of awareness, you can make choices that matter to you.

You look at the mirror everyday to be aware about your external look. I get it. What if you look at the mirror and be aware about your internal being?

What if you look at the mirror everyday to Know Thyself Better.

Looking at mirror is a form of reflection. Reflection about who we are. Reflection about how we look. Reflection about what’s good for us and what’s not …

Reflection.

With right amount of reflection, we make our lives better.

So today, why not look at the mirror and ask:

  • Am I happy?
  • Am I spending good time with people who matter to me?
  • Am I in the right profession?
  • Have I married with the right man (or woman)?
  • Have I spent my recent $5000 on the things that matter to me the most?
  • Am I living my most purposeful life?

You will get your very own answers to all such questions. Some answers might make you happy. Some answers might make you think.

If you feel happy with the answers, it’s pretty cool, enjoy the life’s joyride.

If you feel unhappy with the answers, this is the right time to do something about it.

Oh these questions. Oh these whys and whats and all similar sorts …

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Life can be all about HOW but if its foundation is in the right WHY, it will be an experience worth having.

Your mirror is a powerful tool (If you make it!).

The New Phenomenal

I have built a great app, it works on iOS8!

And you have to eat at this restaurant, they serve you within just 15 minutes and they serve tasty food. And, their restaurant staff is polite too.

Nothing is phenomenal about above examples.

We live in the age where it is expected for an app to work on latest version of the OS that is just announced.

And it is the most basic expectation from a restaurant to serve you tasty food in timely manner, with very good customer service.

Means of experiences are so easily accessible (Tweet This!) that it is redefining what is phenomenal.

Decades ago, in factory world, it used to work what you “say.”

Now, in connection economy, it is no longer what you just say; it is what you do.

It. Is. What. You. Do.

If you connect with them personally and delight them by doing something unexpectedly well for them, it is phenomenal.

Old phenomenal is new normal.

And, new phenomenal is the real phenomenal!

How to Become the Master of Knack?

I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this…

App Development is a knack!

Just like Ikebana is a knack.

Just like Knitting is a knack.

Just like Public Speaking is a knack.

Knack = There are certain principles to follow and master. When you implement those principles, you get predictable results.

“Open your speech with this statement, communicate these 3 points swiftly, make people think about X point and Boom! your speech is loved.”

The same works in App Development.

“Get Agile, create a prototype, then develop an MVP, then test it in a niche group, if it is accepted, make it better and release v1.0, if it doesn’t work, pivot.”

What is the opposite of knack?

Spray and Pray.

Sure, there are masters of knack, people who make App Development look like an art. Just like there are people who make Public Speaking look like an art.

But you don’t have to be an artist to see results. You just have to learn the knack.

How do you learn the knack?

By experimenting.

By practicing.

By saying no to 1000 things.

…and saying yes to what enables you to learn the knack of App Development.

“But I’ve developed 30+ apps and none on them has worked well,” you might be wondering, “I haven’t cracked the code yet …”

It’s okay.

Practice. Find out what works. And what doesn’t. Reflect. Learn the lessons. Develop one more.

It is scary.

It is frustrating.

30+ apps. None has been super-successful yet.

It. Is. Frustrating. For sure.

Keep working on your next one. You already know 30 ideas that don’t work well. Only a few people know that.

Persevere.

Success is nearer than what it was when you were developing your first app.

Sooner than later, your knack will look like an art. And you, an artist!

Master the knack, and you master your trajectory (aka your ability to accomplish your dreams).

App Development is a metaphor. The same logic applies to marketing. Or writing. Or cooking. Or singing. Or learning Spanish. Or any other skill-acquisition.

And once you start-in on this particular learning journey… your life will never be the same again.

Impatient Opportunist

Impatient opportunist only cares about what’s “trending” today.

He impatiently reads the startup news, studies the technology trends, bookmarks the stories of startups who have made it to Techcrunch or Mashable this week and talks about these examples everywhere he goes.

His tone is typical, “They won, we lost and why the ‘hell’ we can’t think of such innovations” kind.

For him, today’s hot trends are the thing to focus. Or even what he thinks of tomorrow’s things could be.

He’ll intrude long-term strategy talks and speak urgently about what’s the trend today.

He only has surface level knowledge about his area of work which is obtained from surface level reading of stories trending in the leading media.

He gets his energy from the news media or the startup meet-ups he attends.

He often changes what he believes in because his suns of his energies (Read: Newstraders) are in that kind of business.

When he learns that he was wrong, he does not have time to reflect on, inspect and adapt because he is busy reading one more trending article on his iPad or talking about what we all have missed by not knowing what’s trending.

Alas!

Being in motion is good but all motion is not progress. Patience is a virtue but not everyone has that.