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Trust your instincts — Universal Principles

Principle — Trust your instincts

No matter what you do

Derek Sievers points out something which is really fairly obvious, but that is easy to forget.

You have to know your preferences well, because no matter what you do, someone will tell you you’re wrong.

Don’t try too hard to adjust yourself to what other people think. Other people don’t agree with each other anyway.

Soaring Magazine, by marsmettnn tallahassee

Or put differently, be yourself – everyone else is taken.

June 21, 2013   2 Comments

Not following the market

Tokyo: Tsukiji Jonai Shijo, by Wally Gobetz

Seth Godin talks about the problems with trying to give customers what they want.

No one actually understands what the market wants. When you choose to make something magical instead, when you bring passion instead of calculation to your work, you’re as least as likely to get it right as the guy who is selling out.

Do you dare to follow your passion rather than the market?

October 18, 2011   Comments Off

You don’t need more time

So true, it almost hurts. From the great Seth Godin.

You don’t need more time
…you just need to decide.

Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, by Henry0

It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

August 18, 2011   2 Comments

Trust your instincts

primal instincts, by By WinstonWong*Lately, I’ve been working on a small project at work. When it started I had to make some initial decisions, one of which was a choice between two very similar options. I didn’t fully understand the difference between them, so I just chose one and continued.

Somewhere, I felt that I probably should have taken a few moments to understand that difference, because it did feel rather important. But I felt rushed, so I didn’t.

Halfway into the project, we encountered a problem that forced me to redo most of the work. Guess what was the cause? That very uninformed choice, of course. Had I spent 10 minutes more up front, I’d saved myself several hours of of rework.

Moral of the story? Trust your instincts. Don’t ignore that uneasy feeling that something is not quite right.

May 28, 2011   2 Comments