Don’t Spend Much Time Planning Your First Attempt

success and failure

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 got the idea after seeing a red coffee review on Twitter. (Thanks for your help, Dylan Madden!)

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…

Closing Thoughts

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.

  • Agree 100%. Ultimately you just have to get out there and take action. Fail your way forward if you have to but no matter what you have to get moving. Like the great General Patton said “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week”.

    Bottom line you have to take action. Fail on your feet. The guy who constantly fails yet keeps moving forward is going to beat the guy who sits back and tries to craft a perfect plan every time. This isn’t to say having a plan isn’t important because it is but it is no replacement for action.

    • James

      Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment.
      Here’s the problem with having a strict plan…
      When a new opportunity arises, will you ignore it because “it wasn’t part of the plan”?
      No, of course not!

      Having a rough idea what you’re working towards is good. But being flexible as to how you get there is crucial.


  • First off I’m glad I was able to help you. Secondly great article! You are on your way to greatness. Since the beginning I’ve said you are a rising star.

    Keep it up James.

    Dylan Madden

    • James

      Thanks, Dylan!

      You’ve always encouraged me and I’m very grateful for that.
      I’ve learned many things along the way (and will continue to do so). Feels great to be able to repay you now by helping you with my new knowledge.

      Keep it up!

  • Great article.

    I’m looking forward to seeing where your software idea goes. I’ve never really been able to get into how the software business works, but it’s got great potential and a ton of people do really well in it.

    Keep us updated!

    • James

      I’m really enjoying it as a learning experience.
      I don’t want to give away too much information right now because it isn’t fully funtional yet.
      However, it’s a WP Plug-In for writers and – if you’re interested – I’d love to give you access before it officially launches.

      Keep up the daily writing. I always enjoy your posts even though I find it a bit creepy how similar we think about things…


      • Jamie

        Sounds great, and I’d definitely be interested in giving it a try. It’s pretty intriguing.

        Will definitely keep up the daily posting for the foreseeable future. It helps me think of new ideas to try and sorts things out in my head. Good job on keeping up the daily posting yourself so far. I like a lot of your articles and you’re doing a great job!