Issue #87

Fear of Launching

Real artists ship. — Steve Jobs
Spacecraft taking off in a blaze of smoke and fire.

The scariest part if any project is launch, the moment when you have to stand in front of the entire world and show what you’ve created.

It opens you up to the critique, judgment and possibly failure.

It’s frightening but crucial. Especially if you consider the alternative, which is hiding and certain failure. Making up new features, rewriting and reworking it endlessly are convenient excuses, and an easy trap many people fall into.

Whatever it is you’re working on currently, finish it (aim to make it good enough instead of perfect), and ship it.

Getting Over the Fear of Launching

Greg Schier came up with a few strategies to help convince himself—and you—to launch.

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Fear of Shipping

Shipping is fraught with risk and danger. A life spent curled in a ball, hiding in the corner might seem less risky, but in fact, it’s certain to lead to ennui and eventually failure.

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Until Next Week

Remember, it only has to be good enough, so wrap it up and share it generously with the world.

Zoran Jambor
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