‘Move Fast, Break Things’ was one of Mark Zuckerberg’s famous mantras when Facebook was in a hyper-growth phase. It applies to startups, who need to get stuff done super quickly so that they can get it in front of users, get feedback, and then improve the product.
The “move fast” part applies to all sorts of non-startup realms as well.
If I might toot my own horn for a moment, I think one of reasons my side projects (business, YouTube channel etc) have been ‘successful’ is that I tend to move quite fast.
In 2013, when I had the idea to start a company
teaching courses for medicine applicants, I recruited some friends the same night, and the website was up and taking bookings within a week. We hadn’t registered the ‘company’, we hadn’t even created the course material at that point - we just moved fast and did things as and when they needed to be done.
Equally, in 2017 when I had the idea for making YouTube videos, I found a few YouTube tutorials, and made 10 videos whilst on my medical elective, not caring much about making them perfect, just caring about making them. A few weeks into this, when I had the idea of ‘maybe I should start a vlog’, I whacked out my phone there and then, and filmed an ‘I’m starting a vlog
’ video. I edited and uploaded it that same evening. And that was the start of what’s (so far) been a 2.5 year journey that’s changed my life.
Lots of my friends have tried to get projects off the ground. The ones who succeeded (however they’d define that) are the ones who moved fast. The ones who didn’t tended to spend way too long planning, brainstorming and waiting for the conditions to be ideal before getting started.
So if you’re thinking about starting something, whatever it is, stop thinking. Just start. You can always correct course later.
Have a great week!