I learnt from him over time, started reading blogs like Problogger, and got interested in anything business related - whether this might have been a blog post I read, an article in a magazine, a book, or an e-course I did.
I recently finished reading Rework, which talks a lot about the way we work. I love how the book is structured - it has a fast, straightforward pace (most chapters are 1-3 pages long). The authors are really direct with the points they’re making, and make you think twice about what you’re doing, and whether you should be doing it in a different way. Like Seth Godin is saying ‘they've demonstrated that the regular way isn't necessarily the right way’.
A few points I took away:
- ‘Inspiration is a time machine.’ It won’t wait for you. If you’re feeling inspired NOW you’ve got to do the work NOW. No matter whether it’s 2pm or 2 am. It’s perishable.
- ‘Learning from mistakes is overrated.’ What you learn from mistakes is what you should NOT do again. You still don’t know what you should do. Instead building on successes means you’re building on something that you know did work.
- If you stopped doing what you do, would people notice? Are you building ‘just another me-too product’ or are you ‘making a dent in the universe’?
- ‘No time is no excuse. If you want something bad enough you will make the time, regardless of your other obligations.’ If you can’t find the time to do it, maybe you’re not passionate enough about it.
- When you’re starting something new there will always be different options, like ‘what you want to do, could do, have to do’. Start with what you ‘have to do’ to build a foundation. The foundation is what you can’t remove in order to keep going, everything else depends on it.
There are a hundred more points that I could talk about, but if you’re feeling a bit entrepreneur-ish at all you should read for yourself.