Two ingredients to just start: likemindedness and a project’s experience

By itself, the prompt to “Just start” feels like a slight shove. It may feel motivational to hear at first but remains mysterious. It may wind up being a superficial statement, an instruction without instruction. “Just start” should really push you along.

To write this book that is currently in the works, it started during a side project to make a mobile app, a collaboration that lasted ten months, from design to shipment. This mobile-app project embodied likemindedness. It would not have started without it. Going through the process of this project would not have been smooth without it. It’s a heavyweight quality. It benefited not only the work but also tangents. These were conversations that mostly covered topics related to our day jobs at the time. My collaborator and I cohered on work-related issues, such as management, communication, tools, and others. Our angst-driven talk about these topics, stemming from our collaboration, helped steer me toward initiating a book project.

If you find yourself in a context, apparent with likemindedness, this quality can lead to other ideas. It lends itself to being taken advantage of, for other pursuits. In this case, the form it took was a book. In other cases, let imagination ensue.

Even without the driver of likemindedness, experiencing a project can lead to others. Projects beget projects. They can act as a precedence to something else one can accord her/himself to. In this case, a mobile-app project nurtured a book project. One project’s subject matter can spark interest with other subject matter, to be potentially wrapped in a project.

Relish likemindedness. Use this to just start. If likemindedness is absent, remain open to a project’s journey, whose experience can lead to another line of thought—to just start thinking about more and taken to the point of a project, new in interest, new with potential.

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Highly recommend reading “How to Start” by Cap Watkins.

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