October 24, 2019

Starter Story interview is live!

Danielle Johnson @dinkydani

I sat down, and wrote about the entire journey to get where I am now. From the very beginning and my own personal history, to leaving the UK 3 years ago to go remote, including all of the setbacks, mistakes, and failures, that have lead to Leave Me Alone being the successful, open, and, user-driven product it is today.

A few weeks ago @thepatwalls asked if I would like to share my story on Starter Story. I said yes, but I was nervous.

Most of the founders he interviews are more successful than me; they are making more money, they have super detailed marketing strategies, they use lots of acronyms to determine advertising returns, and have great advice to give. I experienced a big ole' chunk of imposter syndrome and was really worried that I didn't have anything worth sharing alongside these successful people.

After a couple of weeks procrastination and talking to people about my concerns I realised I didn't need to be measuring my success against other people. What I define as success is different, and that's ok.

I found my angle for Starter Story, and I ran away with it! I realised I had plenty of knowledge and insight to share, and I was super excited for everyone to read it. I shared a lot of personal stuff about my journey getting into software development, previous project failures and how they helped shape the direction of Leave Me Alone, and my own struggles with imposter syndrome. Honestly, when I finished it was grinning ear-to-ear and pestered James to read the all 5,000 words immediately!

I talk a lot about how important it is to share failure and concerns. It really has made a huge difference to me being able to share how I got to today. I can't wait to look back in a year and see how far I have come - next time I get offered a big interview like this I don't think I'll be nervous as I am starting to realise that people are interested in the way I do things, the way I view the world, and how I got here.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this. If anyone wants to talk or needs advice about anything I've talked about send me a message! 💛


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