For best results
daily advice for my son (and others)
by Dennis Best
about 10 hours ago
ship it anyway
If you want to succeed, double your failure rate. — Thomas Watson
Not done? Know it can be better? Afraid it will be judged harshly? Ship it anyway. Some would view this mindset as an excuse to produce shoddy work. Maybe it is. There's a calibration that must occur between producing nothing (perfectionism) and producing quality work. For me, and I guess most humans, the setting is closer to the perfectionism end of the scale. Most innovators, have their internal controls tuned toward the quantity end of spectrum with a seemingly unshakeable confidence that quality will come. Thomas Edison said, "If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward." So, let's say you shift towards quantity over quality? How do you know you aren't simply producing junk? Loads and loads of junk. Here are some questions to ask. Am I trying to produce good work? Is my productivity increasing? Am I learning? Is the quality improving? Am I having fun? If you can answer "yes" to two or three of those questions, keep going.
1 day ago
What is this?
You are reading the very first installment of a year-long writing project. The plan is simple. Each day I'll write a few hundred words containing a practical idea or bit of wisdom. The project starts today and will end around the same time next year, coinciding with a birthday. I'm no writer. With some luck, my writing will improve over the next year and the final piece will be well-written and satisfying to both reader and author. I've crafted a few ad hoc rules governing this project, subject to modification. Rule one. I have to write something everyday. Rule two. No videos, few pictures. The maxim "a picture is worth a thousand words" is a loophole too easily exploited. This is about thoughts, ideas, and advice. Rule three. No schmaltz. The aim is to provide practical, useful advice that will help for a considerable time to come. Rule four. Names will be withheld to protect the innocent, except mine. This is not a biography (or an autobiography.) Rule five. No rewriting — minus the occasional edit for grammar, punctuation, and spelling. "Perfection is the enemy of good," we're told. So. Here goes. I hope you enjoy it.