4.6.13

Behind the Scenes / 02


Today I want to talk about business. I feel like every since I met my boyfriend I started getting interested in business and in the whole start-up world.
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.


6 comments:

  1. These are all great points! I couldn't agree more with inspiration as a time machine. I've found myself awake in the middle of the night because I had to do it right away in fear that it would never be done had I waited.

    I haven't read any new business books lately but am subscribed to a few magazines (my favourites are Inc. & Build but it also has a lot to do with their design layout too!)

    Thanks for the book recommendation, I'm noting it for the next time I pick up a book!

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    1. Thanks for the magazine recommendation, Tana. Will definitely keep it in mind as well.
      Happy to help out btw. :)

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  2. Oh wow. This is definitely something that I have been thinking a lot about lately. Your first point: "Inspiration is a time machine." caught my attention, immediately. It's so true, too. I usually set time out of each day to work... and sometimes, I'm just not inspired and it what should be fun eventually becomes frustrating. But you're right -- when inspiration hits, and it often does, then take advantage of it! Then. Not later.

    Thank you for this. I am reading reviews about the book now and am so excited!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Latrina! I just realised I hadn't published the comment yet - sorry.
      All the best for not getting frustrated with work that should be fun, and let's hope there will be lots of situations for inspiration to hit us :)

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  3. Oh man, these are tough questions, especially for bloggers trying to set themselves apart. Thanks for the challenge!

    ~Taylor

    liveandmoveblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Hope you can apply some of the points, Taylor :)

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