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Greg Schier πŸ’»β˜€οΈπŸŒ²
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Self-employed indie hacker since 2017. I love building things to solve problems, learning new tools, and enjoying life.
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Greg is the maker of the day today πŸŽ‰βš’οΈπŸŽ
⭐ 3 recommendations for makers
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1. Ship early and start getting feedback: The sooner you fail, the sooner you improve.
Rauno Metsa 4 months
Natural human tendency is wishful thinking.

When you're really excited about your product, your brain can easily fall into a wishful thinking loop where you believe that this is instant $$$ and new car on your launch day.

Ship your product as soon as you can and listen to feedback. I've been building some products for 6 months+ and then suddenly realise that it couldn't have ever worked out. Ohh you wishful thinking...
Yes! I launched my Android app "To Read" after only a weekend and it took over a year to reach a few hundred users. I ended up forgetting about it for a while and eventually it increased to almost 10k active users on its own. A few years have passed since then and I've probably put less than 3 weeks of work into it, total.
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2. Be patient: Overnight successes don't exist. Be prepared for success to take years to achieve and celebrate the small wins to help keep you motivated.
Rauno Metsa 4 months
Yeah, people often read these articles about young entrepreneurs who seem to be an overnight successes with their millions of $$$ and lamborghinis.

Sometimes this is motivating and sometimes demotivating, because maybe you have been trying to succeed with your businesses for years and you still need to go to your day job that you kinda hate…

When you start to look into those β€œovernight success stories” more closely, you see that there were years of hard work involved – and even if this one particular product hasn't been in the making for years then there were many attempts before which eventually lead to a success.
I really like the podcast How I Built This. They interview founders of companies like Starbucks, Lyft, Lululemon, etc. Every single interview reveals the huge struggles the founders had to go through to succeed.
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3. Innovation over invention: Improving on existing ideas is much easier than creating something brand new. The iPhone is a great example of this.
Rauno Metsa 4 months
It is true that internet is full of products and it is super hard to come up with a unique ideas, so innovating better products is a good way to go!
πŸ“– Book recommendation
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Anything You Want [Derek Sivers] – This book is about Derek's adventures through starting CD Baby. It's packed with awesome stories advice and is readable in just a few hours.
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