The path of a Doer.
Set yourself a goal.
Set yourself a deadline.
Define success at the start.
Make a plan to make it happen.
Build a team to help you.
Get the team to sign up, head and heart, to the plan.
Understand there will be hurdles, barriers. Accept them. But defeat them.
Work each day toward getting things done. A little can do a lot.
Keep the end goal in your mind at all times.
Understand the importance of your energy. Your stubbornness. Your persistence.
Half way through a project is always the lowest point. You are neither at the start, nor at the end. Energy dips, morale is low. Have a day off.
The next day remind yourself why you started it in the first place.
Focus. Focus. Focus. But focus on the most important thing.
Tell the world what you are doing.
Tell the world your deadline.
Celebrate progress. Any progress.
Never give up.
Look back at how far you have traveled. It will surprise you.
It will also tell you that you are closer to your goal than ever before.
Then one day, after many, many days, you will complete your goal.
You got there in the end.
Your words and your deeds are one. Most people in life are just talkers. But you are a doer. Well done.
by David Hieatt
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We made mistake. Just two months in business, we made a huge blunder. We accepted a client who we shouldn’t have. Lets call them X for sake of this blogpost ;P.
X is a pain to work with.
Why did we accept them in first place? We accepted them because they are one of the better known “brands” in the country. If Cyntax could be associated with them, we would be in reckoning for lot more business. We in fact are working for them on cost. We are not going to make a single paisa on this client. We accepted them hoping for a better future.
So here are the lessons/rules of client engagement at Cyntax from now on.
Glad that we realized this this soon. In an ideal world, we would want to have the luxury of dumping a client.
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Perfectionists have a hard time starting things and an even harder time finishing them. At the beginning, it’s they who aren’t ready. At the end, it’s their product that’s not. So either they don’t start the screenplay or it sits in their drawer for ten years because they don’t want to show it to anyone.
But the world doesn’t reward perfection. It rewards productivity. And productivity can only be achieved through imperfection. Make a decision. Follow through. Learn from the outcome. Repeat over and over and over again. It’s the scientific method of trial and error. Only by wading through the imperfect can we begin to achieve glimpses of the perfect.
Am not sure if the tips in the blog work but I could relate the note to my personal experience. Am sure many more would be able to. It took me three years to resign from a day job and start working for myself. All this because I was trying to put everything in place before I took the leap. I dint realize that I can never put everything in place without knowing what to put in place. Feedback loop (+ and -) you see. I was trying not to fail. And as a result, I wasn’t even trying.
Any more people trapped in the “perfection” loop, please read the complete blog post. And resign and start up! Remember that shoe company that asks us to just do it?]]>
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So next thing on agenda, is creating something called The Friends of Cyntax. Here is the W5H …
A closed forum where we bounce-off our (premature) ideas, discuss issues (and seek resolutions), flaunt our achievements (and throw parties) and share our lessons (and seek feedback) . We plan to make it as interactive as possible and may be even “coerce”" our “friends” to participate in.
A group of friends, family, adversaries, clients, leads, teachers, mentors, ex-employers, partners, prospective hires, all those interesting people we meet on networking events etc. (referred collectively as “friends” henceforth :)). Closed. By recommendation OR invitation.
Because we need a guardian angel. We need help. With our endeavors. With this large and diverse set of people, most of them mature and experienced enough to take on the world by themselves, we will feel safe. Their experience will help us avoid pitfalls and most common mistakes that businesses make. Also since many “friends” are domain experts, we will approach them for data, insights and operations.
The compilation has already started. We have some seven names now. The youngest of the lot is 21. Or is he 20? And the oldest is around 50. Anyone in particular you think we should approach and beg/plead/bribe/pay to be a friend?
We are still debating. It could be a FB group, a mailing list, a Google/Yahoo group, a regular meeting event or a combination of any of these. Each has its merits and demerits. Someone with an idea?
Right now it is too loose a thought but it has great potential. It could become serious networking tool, a job board, a not for profit start-up in its own right and so many other things. All with the objective of helping other people start up.
And why would someone want to be a part of “friends”? Because you guys love us :D. And then some other tangibles are learning from other intelligent people like you, networking with them and may be, explore opportunities.
BTW, do YOU want in?
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And if we could get these, would love to have
And finally, we would love to meet
And oh yes, if we had a board (ya, that directors one), we would have invited
Any help on any of the above?]]>
We started small. We will be big. Hopefully sooner than later. And while we are growing up, we need to be stingy with our resources. Here are few things that we did, once we decided that we are going to start. Each tip (if you may), is accompanied by an example from Cyntax.
And that’s about it right now. May be you have an opinion on our approach? And yes, though we are a startup, we do work with other businesses, share what we know and learn what they know. Please write in and lets talk :)]]>
Found this promotional flyer on Vintage Ads community.]]>
Very cool. Especially when you are working late at night, trying to create an Escher for a client.
BTW, where do I find Manoj and what school are they talking about?]]>