Planning vs Pathfinding

A detailed plan is useful when you know what you’re doing: when you (or others) have done the thing, or when you’ve been somewhere before. If you know where to go and how to get there a map saves a great deal of time and energy. But detailed planning is less useful when you don’t know the way: when you’re…

Seth Godin on uncertainty: starting before you see the end

The second group of you – and I can see it in your eyes – is saying: “Ah, it’s possible to build the perfect entrepreneurial project. [But] I can’t, because I don’t see it.” And you have to start before you see the end. There’s no way to do this without starting before you see the end. You build the…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (6) – Action as habit

Action as habit It is far more important that you develop a regular habit of making things happen and getting things done than that you make occasional heroic efforts – imagine pedaling up a hill in low gear, fending off an approaching boat or getting a flywheel moving. What matters is starting early (now) and pushing for long enough in…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (5) – Action as picking yourself

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. It’s easy to fall into the trap of waiting to get picked:“If only this influential person would notice me, I could make this difference.”“If only they would give me this job or…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (4) – Action as idea filter

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Action is also sort of evolutionary filter for separating your good ideas from your bad ones. Woolly ideas and unrealistic idealism evaporate on contact with the world. The death of long-cherished dreams…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (3) – action, learning and experience

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Action is a certain route to failure – and therefore to learning, and to experience. The first step of learning to swim is learning to cope with the feeling of almost-drowning. Theory…

Clarity. Simplicity. Focus. Action. (Redux)

Do you know what you need to do? Can you tell the difference between what’s important and what might be nice one day, and what’s piffle? Do you focus your attention on a maximum of three important goals at a time? Do you get them done? What are you going to do now?

The innovation in your head…

… isn’t an innovation yet. Our definition of innovation refers to something rather specific: A change in the processes by which an organization transforms labor, capital, materials and information into products and services of greater value. Clayton Christensen, Efosa Ojomo and Karen Dillon – The Prosperity Paradox It’s simply an idea. It’s an innovation when you’ve done the hard work…

Marc Andreesen on ideas vs execution

… there was a great Dilbert strip where the pony-haired boss says, “You know, I have a great idea for a startup. All I need is for, you know, somebody to actually, like, write the code and do all the work.” And Dilbert says, “The technical term for what you have is, ‘nothing’” … right? Right? [see it here] ……

Passionate about their beliefs

This familiar phrase gave me pause when I heard it on the radio recently, used in praise of a cast member who passed away. It was a tribute to a loved colleague, but I thought to myself: “I hope they don’t say that about me.” Intensity can be a virtue. Passionate commitment can change the world – but direction matters.…