This year I made a resolution. Well really, I made it in December of last year, but that’s beside the point. My goal this year is to start 3 businesses. That sounds like a dumb idea to most people. The conventional wisdom is to work on one good idea until it’s complete, rather than spread your attention out. I agree, but the goal of this is less about starting a successful business, and more about learning how to start one. I have run a business before, and I did it wrong. I programmed it wrong, managed it wrong, and screwed just about everything up. I wish I had learned my lessons quick and tailored future actions to that, but I didn’t. I let it drag on forever. I learned a lot from that failure. I hope that by starting more of them I’ll learn new things each time. Maybe a few will stick, most wont. The important thing is to just do it instead of continuously thinking about doing something eventually.
Jonathan Coulton did something that really inspired me. Thing a week. And I think he did a few of them. He wrote a song every week. Not all of them were good, none of them would be break out hits, but quite a few are what I consider niche classics. By just writing one song a week he came out with almost 5 albums worth of songs in a year. Thats impressive to me.
What am I waiting for? It’s not like I need to start 52 businesses. I just need to start 3. And no, this blog doesn’t count 🙂