One day, you will become a top tier consultant charging hundreds of dollars an hour.
One day, you will start your own business.
One day, you will write a best selling book that will make you the expert in your field.
One day, you will bring peace to the middle east and end world hunger.
I got news for you, buddy. One day ain’t never gonna come.
One day is today.
If you haven’t read my blog about One Day Programmers, read it now.
Why do most people fail?
Disillusionment and disappointment is the reason most people fail with their own projects. They start with great enthusiasm, but then realise that it’s a hard grind, with no tangible results for months or even years down the lane. They don’t give up immediately, but slowly drift away, always planning to come back. But they never do, because they have given up inside.
So what’s the solution?
Since the problem is never technical, a technical solution (Use a better programming language! Find a better editor/browser/fancy pancy tool!) doesn’t work. The problem is human, so a human solution is needed. You need to find people like you, who are also looking for a solution, and team up with them. It’s easier to finish stuff if you have a support network.
Why not just use one of the hundreds of forums around?
There are hundreds and hundreds of forums already, right? Why not just use one of them?
Because most public groups fall into decay after sometime. The reason is always the same: The initial group of people are enthusiastic and a great discussion starts, but then more and more “drive bys” drop in, and the standard falls. And then the trolls and the time wasters come in, and all the good people leave.
The other problem with public forums is that you will always find some pinhead who will tell you how stupid you are for trying something new, and even though the pinhead hasn’t accomplished anything himself, it will not stop him from giving you advice. And the sad thing is, the person most likely to be disheartened by the pinhead’s advice is the person who would have gained most from the forum.
The One Day Club
The One Day Club is for people who have been planning to start their own thing, but don’t know how to start (“I don’t have any ideas!”), or if they start, give up because they grow disillusioned.
There will be both a discussion forum, and live chatting at regular intervals, so that you can discuss anything you are struggling with.
It will be a private group. This is not only to stop the drive-bys, but also to make it safe to discuss your ideas without random trolls dropping by to mock you.
What if I don’t have an idea on what I want to do?
No ideas? Doesn’t matter. Don’t know where to start? No problem.
Ideas are over rated anyway. The important thing is to start something, and get into the habit of finishing stuff.
Is it only for programmers?
At the moment, I’m only taking in people from a technical background- programmers, web developers, web designers, sysadmins/IT admins etc. That’s because I want people who can just go ahead and build stuff, but are stuck because they lack the discipline to stick with it.
If you are not a technical person, but willing to learn, you are welcome.
How will it work?
The goal of this group is to finally finish all those things you think of doing one day. One day is today.
Choose something you have always wanted to do, with one caveat: It must be finish-able in 1-3 months, max. If it is more than that, you must break the project into smaller bits that can be done in a month. One of the reasons people don’t finish stuff is because they start something that will take 20 years, and after 20 days, they grow bored and start looking at pictures of cats doing Kung Fu.
The aim is to finish something you can be proud of, and then show to future bosses. What’s more impressive:
Question: “Do you know Fancy-Pants-JS?”
Answer 1: “Yes. I used it in my last job. We built a boring internal utility with it.”
Answer 2: “Of course I do. Here’s a website I build with it. Have a play with it.”
Answer 2 will not only show you can build stuff, but will give the interviewer something to talk about, and giving you more of a chance to impress them.
What if you can’t meet your goals?
We know that real life intrudes. If you can’t meet your goals, it doesn’t matter. Sorry to go all Zen on you, but it’s the journey that matters, blah blah blah. As long as you don’t quit, you can take as long as you want. One of the skills a successful bootstrapper needs to learn is keep going no matter how crap the situation gets.
The One Day Club membership is available for a $20 / month
subscription. There is no contract, and you can cancel anytime. If you are not happy, I will give you a complete refund, no questions asked.
There is a free 2 week trial. There will be no need to provide your credit card, and no commitment to sign on at the end.
To join the free trial, please answer the following questions:
1. Your real name
2. 1-2 lines about yourself
3. Have you tried to build anything? Did you succeed?
4. What are you hoping to gain from the club?
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