I was initially thinking of titling this post ‘Making a dent’, in memory of Jobs' memorable quote about putting a dent in the universe. However, I believe that enough people are already sold on the idea of making a dent, while there are not enough people sold on the how or the execution of making said dent.
So here we are: how do you make that you-shaped dent you were born for? I believe the answer is simple: start small, do what you can, take small steps, and build on those steps.
What does this look like?
Here’s my goal, inspired by a talk recently given by John Gruber about the rise of tablets: Using tablets, take computers into fields where computers never made it before, because people in those fields don’t sit at a desk all day.
Here’s my big-steps plan, or strategy if you will:
My thinking is that you can’t change the world if you’re stuck from 8am-6pm doing another man’s bidding. You may be lucky however – your dayjob may be all the platform you need to change the world (i’m looking at you, nath and matt).
And i also have a small-steps plan, or tactical plan if you will:
See how every one of my steps above in my specific plan involves achievable, small steps towards bigger things?
It’s all about small steps: doing what you can with what you’ve got, and doing stuff that builds you a platform for doing something bigger.
Even if you don’t have a big goal that you want to work towards, practice the skill of doing small things with what’s available to you now (your time/skills/resources). Get good at execution, and direction will inevitably come. And once you’ve got that direction, start taking baby steps in that direction.
Thanks for reading! And if you want to get in touch, I'd love to hear from you: chris.hulbert at gmail.
(Comp Sci, Hons - UTS)
iOS Developer in Sydney.
I have worked at places such as Google, Cochlear, News Corp, Fox Sports, NineMSN, FetchTV, Woolworths, and Westpac, among others. If you're looking for a good iOS developer, drop me a line!