“What are you doing?? Just start building. No more talking!”
It’s November in San Francisco. I’m in a conference room somewhere in the Twitter building playing with legos with a colleague and other strangers looking to build their businesses.
Why are we playing with legos?
“That’s how you’re going to develop your business models,” says our facilitator.
It may seem strange to you, but I learned a new way to look at developing new (even innovative) business models using legos. It takes practice, of course.
It’s not as easy as it looks, but the surprising takeaway comes after our facilitator challenges us through another exercise. My colleague and I are debating a business idea, and we’re going back and forth and our facilitator comes over and says emphatically…
“What are you doing?? Just start building. You build yours, and you build yours. No more talking!”
I laugh because I get it. Talking is just another form of procrastination, and overthinking something that doesn’t need more thinking. Just do it, and let the answers develop through process.
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”
Lego lessons in action
The other day I wrote Love Improv #1, a freestyle piece that developed in my head organically. I had a blank screen staring at me, and decided to apply lego lesson numero uno. I begin to write, and shortly after, another post is up.
Don’t worry about how it looks. Don’t concern yourself with the end.
Just go along for the ride. You’ll surprise yourself where you end up sometimes.
Sometimes the best way to begin is to just begin.
Starting is the best productivity hack in the entire universe.
Imagine how much you could accomplish if you started wherever you happened to be, with whatever resources were available?
Finally, if you’re worried about making mistakes, then you simply don’t understand how anything worthwhile gets built, created, designed, or developed.
During our break, the facilitator offers us some food. As I head around the hallway towards the dining area, I see a big poster on wall that says: