April 29, 2019

Paralysis by analysis

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Someone else who happens to make an idea and you think so much and see more negative points and the end does not do anithing? What do you do in these situations when you want to do something but because of analysis in the end do not start the project?

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    Just start. You’ll never really know what could be unless you try. You can even start small: get something down on paper, draw some mockups, get out there and talk to people about your idea. If you’re a developer, put together an MVP.

    What matters is execution, and getting things done. Nothing is ever going to be perfect, and you’ll just be analyzing yourself out of doing anything at all. In the end, if it doesn’t work then it doesn’t work. But sometimes you just have to go for it.

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    I can't believe how timely your post was. Consider this an advice from your future self, since I've been in this position of not-starting for almost 7 years (and trying to get out of it just now): focus on doing rather than thinking.

    • Choose 1 idea
    • Write down 5 reasons to do it on the left side, then 5 reasons NOT to do it on the right side
    • Tear that paper in half
    • Keep the right side away from your sight, locked in a drawer outside of reach
    • Execute using your left side of the paper to keep you going

    After some time you might fail or succeed on an idea, and you will know if you were right about those 10 good/bad points (most likely, you will find new ones you never thought of).

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    This happens to me and honestly probably anybody.

    What you'll need to do is "derisk" your work. Here's an example. I have an idea. And everyone I've mentioned it to is like "..." but I know if this product existed for me it would be useful. If I build this and it's a bad idea I will lose a small amount of money and time, but here's what I gain:

    • More technical skills, I'm leveraging a lot of what I know, but so much changes each time you start a project
    • Some logistical skills like getting a ToS
    • Entertainment. I enjoy working on my own stuff as much as I enjoy other low energy activities like TV.
    • An item in my personal portfolio.

    I've worked long enough being paid pretty well on projects that ultimately went nowhere. Granted I don't have those same budgets as my employers, but I know that not every idea sees the light of day the creators originally expected, but sometimes they do.

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    The best advice I've ever heard was "Start before you're ready". Failure is your friend, that's where the growth lies.

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    Share with other people.
    If you don't know anyone (unlikely!) , share here!

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    hell yeah, in the same situation. So I can't give any advice :(

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