I’ve been doing a bunch of
spring cleaning around my house, both physically and digitally, and I’ve had these two screenshots saved in this post for 7 years!
It’s the only
draft that I’ve had and I’m not entirely sure why I’ve kept it around for so long without publishing anything! All I had were these two screenshots below:
As you can tell, I went a bit crazy in the first decade of the 2,000’s and I registered, designed, and built a ton of software projects, from real estate to video platforms to web comic blogs to dating websites and non-profit organizations and ministries to… … … I mean, the list goes on and on and on and on.
I remember my operating philosophy at the time: Just build stuff and see if it sticks. I didn’t have any strategy to it and my effort was unfocused and distinctly unsophisticated; but I didn’t care and no one else did either.
But… oh! That sense of
freedom that I had! It was as invigorating and as intoxicating as you might imagine—I have never felt so free to just build, to create, to tear-down and destroy… I simply was able to enjoy my work without fear and without the anxiety and pressure of hoping that they were a “success,” whatever that meant.
Those years of private building was where I cut my teeth, “earned my stripes” as they say. In other words, I learned how to
start a project from scratch and
launch it into the world; hell, I’m still doing the same thing after all of these years.
Launching projects and online businesses taught me how to build real, authentic, transformative, and profitable communities. On the flip, building communities taught me how to navigate and align those relationships towards business objectives and financial outcomes.
You need both.
I’m so grateful for the time of study and the fact that I never gave up shipping; I encourage you all to do the same.
Let’s keep building, shall we?
An important point to not miss is this: I didn't have a plan to become an entrepreneur; entrepreneurship
I also learned most of what I needed when it came to product design and business mechanics by simply launching and shipping, through the natural course of a project's lifecycle.
Over years (now, decades+!) I've acquired a suite of skills, habits, and behaviors that I can leverage for any sized project, whether
indie (e.g. solo project) or
So, go on and slay!