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What are You Building?

by Matthew - December 19th, 2011.
Filed under: Personal.

I recently ran across the site by Scott and love it!

Here’s one of the quotes that really stood out to me.

Build things. This starts from day one. If you are reading about how to write, then start writing. If you’re being taught how to interview, they go find some job openings. People dramatically overestimate how much time them must spend learning before they start doing. The answer is exactly ZERO. The moment you start learning is the moment you must start building and testing.

I recently started doing this, as I decided to go ahead and release my newest ebook Ready-to-go Dates before I got it back from my editor. As soon as I did get the edited copy back I updated the link and informed those who already had a copy that it had been updated.

All of this because I want to be building, doing. As much as I want that, though, I seem to have a tendency to spend time learning things instead of doing them. So this time I defaulted toward action, and it paid off. A few hundred people have downloaded Ready-to-go Dates and a number of them have reached out to give me some amazingly useful feedback.

And now it’s up to me to continue the cycle. If I do nothing, the project will die here. However, I am not going to do nothing, I will implement their feedback, test their ideas, and include the best of them in a new version of the Ready-to-go Dates guide. It will continue to grow and improve over time, spreading and helping even more people.

What about you, what are you building?

7 Responses to What are You Building?

  1. I subscribed to your site and confirmed….but the download is not recognizable. PDF or Word File available?

  2. It’s a PDF, and I emailed you a direct link to it. That should take care of it. Sorry about the trouble!

  3. We sound a lot alike: learning things instead of doing them, or, as a friend of mine said: getting ready to get ready. Bravo on getting your guide out! Why is it that taking action feels so good but we just don’t do it enough? Keep it up!

  4. Hi Paige – I think that there are two reasons that we keep learning instead of doing. It’s safer: you can’t really mess up learning. It is also habit: after years of being a researcher/planner, it’s hard to stop.

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