Don’t Spend Much Time Planning Your First Attempt
I recently wrote about a common problem I see: People aren’t developing their critical thinking skills.
It’s important but today I’m going to touch on the opposite side of the coin…
Many newbies (at anything) spend way too much time “learning”, planning and asking questions.
In other words, they do nothing.
If you’re not building something, you’re not going to achieve much.
You can build a business, build a great body, build a strong mind or build human relationships.
It doesn’t really matter what you build. But make sure you’re always building something.
Those topics I mentioned above are the exact areas I see people fall into this trap.
The internet has made information readily available for you to consume. Don’t get me wrong; I think that’s a great development.
I’m far from anti-internet. In fact, I even recommend ambitious guys use social media for some things.
But whatever you do, don’t fall into the never-ending trap of over-thinking your first attempt in a new area.
Your First Attempt Will Fail (And Why That’s OK)
I’ve seen guys spend weeks planning their first niche site. That is complete overkill…
My first website didn’t succeed and I had done plenty “research” before starting it. My second site was a slight improvement but still didn’t come to much.
My third blog – which you happen to be reading – was created without any planning.
I thought to myself: “Why am I not doing that?”
I pulled up Namecheap.com and 30 minutes later (I hate shopping for domains) I was the proud and very excited owner of RedPillReviews.com.
So how can a site with basically no real planning or research succeed?
Well, I already knew what not to do from my two failed blogs.
Thanks to Robert Koch, I had an alternative plan for this site.
I didn’t dig into his background to make sure his advice was correct. If I’d done that, I wouldn’t have found anything to back up his claims and might never have started.
The thing is, my plan wasn’t working anyway. Following Robert’s advice couldn’t possibly lead to worse results than what I was getting.
And I’m happy to say, my blind trust paid off.
Am I Just Lucky?
A pessimist would call it pure luck. An optimist might call it spontaneous.
I call it…
Constantly try new things. Continue doing the things that work.
I’m reading Scott Adam’s book at the moment (highly recommended – if you like my blog, you’ll love his book).
He says that good ideas display some success early on.
It’s rare to have a business that takes a long time to see any success, and then suddenly takes off.
How do you know you’ve got a winner?
Start many sites and see which ones start off best. Focus on the ideas that seem promising at first and you’ll improve your chances of becoming truly successful.
Plus, you’ll save yourself a lot of time by not pursuing ideas that will never take off.
This site got more traffic on the day it launched than my previous site got in a full month.
I made more money in the first week of RPR than I made in 4 months before that.
It was a staggering $30…
But that was a step in the right direction.
This site showed positive signs from its first day. And that was just the beginning.
Do I Think My Business Ideas Through?
I literally got an idea for a piece of software and started searching for a developer 30 minutes later.
Whether that was a good idea is still unclear…
Perhaps, I should have thought this business idea through a little better.
Having said that, I’m convinced it was better than waiting until 2017 to start.
And that’s not a random date I’m throwing out. I actually had planned to focus solely on niche sites and this blog for the rest of 2016.
Well, so much for that plan.
My (Hopefully) Free Education In Building Software Businesses
Here’s the thing you need to understand…
I don’t really care whether this software is a huge success or not.
Financially speaking, my goal is to break even.
If I can break even and gain a bunch of experience, that qualifies as a major success.
I’m essentially getting a free, practical education in a new type of online business.
And not just any business area…this is a business that could make you rich.
Obviously, this small product won’t make me rich. But it’s better to start with something small (minimal downside and quick feedback loop) to get your feet wet.
It’s cliche to say that failures are great for learning but there is a lot of truth to it.
Just make sure you don’t waste too much time on these learning experiences.
Fail often but try to fail as quickly as possibly.
That’s my thinking at least. Maybe I’m just crazy…
It’s best to just jump in and try.
Sure, read a little bit so you know the basics.
But your first attempt won’t be perfect anyway so just get your failures out-of-the-way quickly.
That’s all for today.
See you next time,
P.S. If you liked this post, you should grab yourself a copy of How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. That book has influenced my thought patterns and I’m not the only one who can say that.
You’ll see these concepts appear in some shape or form on tons of blogs. It’s always a good idea to get information from a book rather than reading blog posts that just scratch the surface of a topic.