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What I learned from 30 failed side projects

Indie hacking has taught me a lot — some days I'm an engineer, others I'm a designer, marketer, salesman or visionary. It requires me to learn a lot of skills and gives me the confidence to be able to tackle any problem ahead of me.

But I've learned just as much about how to be a better friend, brother, and person as I have about how to build a business. I learned to see outside myself, to always see the bigger picture and how to live with a purpose.

I think that's most important when going into business — doing the right thing for customers, your team and yourself. I'm proud of how far I've come and I'm excited to keep going.

If you'd like to read a little bit more about what I learned from these projects you can do that here.

I'm curious -- what are some of the life lessons you've learned?

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    I have learned a few things.

    Talk is cheap.
    You don't work, You don't eat.
    Eat the elephant one bite at a time.
    Learn to think for yourself.
    Too much thinking can be bad, if it leads to analysis paralysis.
    Good idea is a small part of it, execution is everything.
    Good idea is valuable, hide it and guard it.
    Closed mouths don't get fed.
    It's a lonely game, learn to embrace the loneliness.

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      damn. +1 to these. poetic.

    2. 1

      Almost like an indiehackers Haiku haha

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      The loneliness one is a tough pill to swallow, but I’m getting better at it

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    To having my own back no matter! That has been my biggest lesson.

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      I love it, that’s an important one

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    You can have the most amazing product or service in the world... but if no one knows about it (aka marketing), then you're going no where.

    Marketing is key

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