Do you like to check boxes? I sure do. Recently, I started using trello to organize and run scrum/agile at the Texas Venture Labs. We all love scrum and I can tell you why: it feels good to ‘move a ticket to done’, e.g. to check the box. Done. Shipped. Over. Fini.
What else is done? My book, Lean Startings, is done! I shipped it yesterday 3/16/2017. To Amazon. It’s available now for Kindle ($9.99) or Paperback ($24.99) on Amazon. It feels oh so good. Ahhhhh, shipping!
So, how did I do it? How did I write a book while raising a family, working full-time, and working on my own startup? The same way that I got my PhD while working 2 full-time jobs and raising a family: persistence and daily progress. In fact, I broke the book down into 36 chapters, and wrote a chapter a day, skipping weekends. I finished the book in about 3 months (a few days I was traveling and couldn’t write). Yep, in one summer, I created something, something that could help people succeed in startups better than ever. Along the way I got to check 36 boxes (each chapter), and just now, the final checkbox (shipped!). Shipped is the best one to check by the way, and I’m only sad I didn’t check it sooner!
So, what are you sitting on that you could ship? Don’t wait for perfection, ship it now. You can always revise it later.
(My reward yesterday for shipping was: gaming, beer AND bourbon)