None of my various bright ideas — a social network for sneaker collectors, customisable artwork of your bicycle, a recipe sharing platform, a book about designers turned entrepreneur (OK, that last one I am actually set on doing) — have come to fruition yet.
And whilst CycleLove (and its sister shop CycleLux) might be building momentum, I still have a huge hangup about creating the ebooks or information based content about cycling or whatever it is that I've been talking about for months and months. It's still a blog, not a business, and costing me money instead of making it.
I chickened out of the work.
You need graft, or grit, or gumption, or whatever you want to call it.
Whether it's by actually blogging on your blog, or starting your startup, value is created by doing.
It’s easier to sit around and talk about building a startup than it is to actually start a startup. And it’s fun to talk about. But over time, the difference between fun and fulfilling becomes clear. Doing things is really hard—it’s why, for example, you can generally tell people what you’re working on without NDAs, and most patents never matter. The value, and the difficulty, comes from execution.
Dial down the resolution(s)
When I looked back at the list of goals I'd set out for 2013 the other day, I felt pretty embarrassed. Especially as it's published in plain sight on the internet. I didn't come close to achieving any of my resolutions. Not one thing on the list.
But I know that beating yourself up about this kind of stuff is stupid. (Make changes, not criticisms).
So... I haven't made any New Year's resolutions this year.
You don't want high resolutions anyhow — you want low resolution.
You want to let go of the fear of fucking up, of it not being perfect, of what other people think, of things that probably won't ever happen, and just crank that stuff out, baby.
Instead of trying to finish everything, try to finish one thing.
Today if possible.
And then another...
(I think I just finished this blog post).
What are you going to finish today?