The “Iterate Fast and Release Often” Approach

I was just listening to Rolf Potts and Tim Ferriss talking about their agonizing processes of writing, and it started me wondering, “Might I actually write something right now and share it, which is to say, put it online at the least and let others read it or not read as they like?” Why not? So, here I am, writing, no? Yes. I read something yesterday that probably applies here, to writing in general maybe, though it was originally directed to businesses. Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, said,

“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-iterate-fast-and-release-often-philosophy-of-entrepreneurship-2009-11#ixzz3bXv1CjWW

Then another idea came into mind: open up GarageBand and start recording songs I’ve written, and do the same thing–publish them, make them available for others to hear. Why not? Might be fun, satisfying, and who knows? Others might enjoy and otherwise benefit from something I create. Ditto for interviews, videos, and whatever other kinds of expressions this one might generate. So, look, ma, I renewed writing with the intention of sharing the ideas. And now, I’m going to schedule a Pomodoro for making music, specifically for getting the wheels turning again on recording to share.

IMG_2113And then I did just that. It had been months and years since I’ve done any recording, so there was some initial befuddlement and frustration. I persisted, and started recording. Then I took a break from that and resumed my actual garage streamlining project. I’ll probably go back and forth.

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