Doodle Card #263 – Get Embarrassed


Get embarrassed.


When I drew Doodle Card yesterday, one quote came up to my mind:

If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman, co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn

Trying to make everything perfect before launching something is as irrational as waiting for the perfect time to launch something. Perfectionists often get trapped into this situation and lose opportunities to create something new or innovative.

As long as you launch a business, launch it anyway with a simple business plan and prototype. Find your first customer – it’s much more important than creating a “perfect” business plan (if such thing really exists). Start small. Then catch up on details. Change your business plan when necessary. Or quit before you suffer a significant economic loss.

You will neither get embarrassed nor lose money if you don’t start a business. It is safe and fun if you only talk about your dream business. But — Is that daydreaming really what you want?