Planning is guessing.
The best way to see if something works is to see if it works.
I still fall into the planning trap all the time.
I have an idea, then I plan the idea, then I plan more, then I do the idea.
I read some books to solve this execution problem, but they didn't work for long. (They were often just Noble Obstacles.
Today, I was going to build a podcast episode rating app to avoid the problem of show recommendations. (Getting a show recommendation is like getting an author recommendation rather than a book recommendation. Ok, so you like The Kevin Rose Show...let me go listen to 26 of his episodes for 16 hours.)
I didn't start because I planned for 45 minutes. Would it have succeeded? Who knows. I certainly don't, because I failed to execute. It still doesn’t exist because of my failure to take action.
I’m trying to shorten the execution loop. (
Idea to Execution in 3 minutes, not 3 days.
Part of the current struggle with this is not knowing where to start.
I have a personal friend that relies on single-thread execution over every other trait.
You don’t need consistency or IQ if you just have a bullish desire to knock down what is in front of you.
You don’t need follow-up skills or tracking of anything.
He lives his life in a state of Agile-esq sprints. Decides what to do, then executes ferociously until it is completed. He doesn’t get distracted, or overthink if he’s ‘taking the right approach’ or unqualified.
Outlined somewhat here:
Examples and Drafts:
In this podcast, James outlines how he tested the drink with a few friends, then scaled from there. No planning.
From Good to Great or another book by Jim Collins -