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What an indie hacker's journey really looks like

This feels so true. I was watching this whilst thinking about my journey as an indie hacker.

Try it watching, it's therapeutic. 😂

The takeaway:

  • there is no easy path
  • expect ups and downs
  • no one can give you answers
  • may as well enjoy the journey, as much as you can.

What else?

👋 Thanks @daniellesimpson

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    Yep, and also

    • Trust your creative instincts
    • Each promotion carries an amount of risk and success. Maximise success.
    • Thrive in ambiguity.
  2. 2

    The video is a good representation of the journey!

    All the takeaways you mentioned are good. I would add that being consistent is very important as well.

  3. 1

    Sounds like parenting 😂

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    The end was a little sad, it was so hard to get to the top that when he got there he didn't know what to do with himself, he was thinking "All that for this?". I hope the analogy with indie hacking is not perfect :D

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      There's a lot to unpack there, but no, the problem is pretty real. If you devote all your time to achieving 'the goal' without a clear understanding of why you want it, you're likely to be disappointed. Think about "a million dollars in yearly revenue". That's a pretty impressive goal to hit! But what does it mean to you? Let me assure you it is very possible to hit that goal and still be pretty unhappy, even though, hey, that's a crazy success by most estimations. It's enough money to be financially comfortable, but so are most regular development jobs. And trust me when I say that running a business of that size has the potential to be very stressful and keep you very, very busy if you're not careful. I know, believe it or not, quite a few very successful professionals, doctors, lawyers, et cetera, who drive nice cars and sleep in nice houses that are deeply unhappy with their lives. Same with starting a business. If you go out achieving sort of a default model of success defined by society you could find yourself pretty unhappy at the end of your journey.

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      I also find the ending a bit sad. I guess it would be time for a new goal. :D

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        Yeah, but now he knows that achieving the next goal won't make him happy either, his only conclusion is that he has to learn to enjoy the journey itself. The journey is painful but it's beautiful too :)

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