Six months of lessons

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[cudazi_promotext]Living in a new city, trying new things, meeting new people[/cudazi_promotext]
Below is a list of the most important lessons that come to mind when I think of the past six months of my life. Months during which I moved to a new city, changed 2 dancing clubs, had to have beginner’s mind a couple of times, launched a successful product, met new people and read a number of life-changing books (Rework, The Lean Startup).


Experience is overrated
Numerous times I’ve been held back in realizing my ideas by waiting for an “expert” to do his part of a mutual project. As the time passes I realize that learning what I need isn’t that hard at all and usually end up in the situation of this guy: How I Learned Enough Ruby On Rails In 12 Weeks To Launch Freelancify

Work with highly motivated people
The time it will take you to inspire the uninspired (and the subsequent waiting for results) is almost the same as the time needed to do the task by yourself(either finish it or gain the required expertise).

Release early, release often.
The earlier you get your ideas out of the door, the earlier you will understand if they are worth the subsequent effort you plan to put in them. Read this if you want to know more: Minimum Viable Product: a guide

ABC — Always be closing
Don’t miss opportunities. Then, if you do miss them, don’t feel guilty about it. Know your goals and you will be aware of the opportunities around you. When you do seize them. If it is exploring this new idea of yours, catching up with a friend or meeting new people always do something to get closer to your desired result. This of course leads us to another question that you need to ask yourself constantly: “What is my outcome of this action?”.

Do things fast
If you can’t you are not ready yet, do them slow then. Ask yourself “Is this the action that will move my goals further?” “What am I doing to avoid doing the important?”Ideas are worthless, execution is everything. Act fast, so that you get feedback faster and correct your course, if needed.

Your goals become real the moment you detach from them
Every time I stop thinking about my goals and start working on them everything else that I once perceived as an obstacle now aligns with my purposes and helps me achieve the desired results.

There is no failure, only feedback
Numerous times I had the opportunity to feel bad about something, but instead I used the situation to turn my thinking around. Ask yourself the following questions: “What can I learn from this?”, “What is the feedback here?” & “How can I improve my results next time?”

Testing
Every idea in your head that has not been thoroughly tested is just an assumption. Assumptions need to be tested so that you know whether they are true or false. By testing them you get validated learning, which is the most useful thing you can do if you want progress. Inspired by Eric Ries’s book The Lean Startup


What have you learned from the past 6 months? Share it in the comments below.