Momentum Dashboard is one of the best things that I have added to Chrome.
It’s simple, beautiful and a visual treat. But it has this amazing component that provokes my thought process or throws me back in time. The title is the quote I read today. I’ll repeat it again just so that you can let it ruminate in the back of your mind as you read the following story.
Create something today, even if it sucks.
If you read my previous post, things that radically changed my thought process were my entrepreneurial pursuits.
I was always curious and introverted as a kid. Hence, I could never ask the right questions to satisfy my curiosity. I just made my own assumptions about the things I heard and applied it to everyday life. As I grew older, I began to find my voice amidst the masses and started to voice my questions. When I realized that nobody had an answer, I started to come up with the answers on my own. That is how I started to write.
Since I was shy as a kid, talking to the opposite gender was always a challenge. I had difficulty making small talk with my friends, and talking to someone who I thought was cute? Well that was a daunting task. I would imagine scenarios in my head where I manged to impress someone I really liked and came up with a formula. In retrospect, that was pretty amateur but at time it felt important and I felt the need to share it.
So I penned down the formula that was sitting comfortably in some corner of my brain. I wrote the words till they made sense to me, I was young and hopped up on hormones and I wanted to show the world that my teen self had unlocked the key to impressing someone.
I titled the article – How to Impress a Girl in 90 Secs
Yes, not seconds but secs. You can read it here.
I reread the article about a month ago, and I was horrified. It sucked. It wasn’t even okay, it sucked. Sentence construction like an amateur, child-like emotions, a sense of overconfidence befitting a god-like complex and of course really really shoddy writing.
I was shocked that I thought this should be on display for the world to read and comment. I was surprised that people didn’t tear me a new one, maybe the internet was more optimistic and supportive back in those days. Or maybe we weren’t famous.
I remember getting cold feet and deciding not to share it, because somewhere in my heart, I knew it wasn’t great. However, in the end, my narcissism got the better of me and I managed to convince myself to publish it as a note on Facebook.
My friends read the article on Facebook and shared it with their friends, who in turn shared it with theirs. Until one fine day, someone reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to start a magazine with them.
So how does this story fit in with the title? Well that article is what led to us creating an online youth magazine called Scribido.
Scribido was my first entrepreneurial pursuit. It opened up the world to me, it exposed me to the internet like never before and I gulped it all in. I felt alive, like I had found my calling. I would’ve missed out on all of this, if I didn’t publish something that sucked.
I think there are moments where we feel the need and the desire to create something, but we don’t because we don’t believe we’re good enough. Well I like to think we’re right about that. We’re not good enough, our MVPs are going to suck, our first drafts will be laughable, and that sketch that we think is awesome, probably won’t be. But to quote my Chrome Browser