Rework You

In the manifestoRework: A Better Easier Way to Succeed in Business, Jason Fried and David Hansson reveal more limiting beliefs that we've all grown up unconsciously using and promoting.

“That would never work in the real world.” You hear it all the time when you tell people about a fresh idea. The real world isn’t a place, it’s an excuse. It’s a justification for not trying."

Whenever anything is not normal, people think, "if it's such a good idea, we would have done it by now" which shows not only how resistant we've become to new ideas, but how satisfied people have become with the status quo.

A food truck that delivers Korean and Mexican fusion? That would never work in the real world.

A way for content creators to make videos and share them online for free? But real world.

A pocket device that can calculate, play music, and send calls and messages? Real. World.

It may feel at times that the world is against you. "I don't have as much money as that person or I don't have her connections, or his background". But that's no reason to not try.

You just have a different set of constraints to work with to get to where you want to be.

Sometimes you just have to embrace constraints.

“I don’t have enough time/money/people/experience.” Stop whining. Less is a good thing. Constraints are advantages in disguise. Limited resources force you to make do with what you’ve got. There’s no room for waste. And that forces you to be creative.

This quote was almost a smack in the face to me.

For the longest time, I truly believed in the paradox of "you need internship experience to get an internship". Total buzzkill for all you college students starting out. I honestly let this bum me out and felt hopeless in the job search for my first 2 years in college.

I've figured out that what the paradox actually means is that you need lower level or independent experience, in order to get higher level or more in-demand internships.

Let's illustrate this with an example:

Imagine that there are 3 levels of jobs. A is the least popular job, while C is essentially a full-time offer with Google.

There isn't this wall that says you "must have C in order to get C"; it's more like you "must start with A in order to get B, which leads to C in the future"

It's really hard to accept that lesson when you want C now. It's an impulse. And a destructive and depressing impulse at that.

When you want something now, you're trying to ignore the process that it takes to get there. You're ignoring all of the steps it takes to get to where you want to be.

It may be fun to have these amazing big goals, but touchdowns aren't made in one step. They require multiple steps and many little decisions at each yard line.

There's no way to plan a run from downfield.

You have to make tiny little decisions based on the most recent information you have with each yard you run.

I'm not telling you to have big goals, but really focus in on the smaller short-term goals.

"Make choices that are small enough that they’re effectively temporary. When you make tiny decisions, you can’t make big mistakes. These small decisions mean you can afford to change. There’s no big penalty if you mess up—you just fix it."

It's given me a lot more mental clarity (i.e. sanity) planning my goals for the short term. I write out a list of 3 small goals every morning, and I create a more fleshed out goal list for the week on Sunday mornings.

Occasionally I'll have a month long goal list (30 day challenges are great for this) to just serve as an anchor for why I'm doing what I'm doing on a daily basis.

This is essentially how I operate from one project to the next. If you implement these tips into your mindset and daily routine, you will see enormous benefits in the coming months.