Edit Ruthlessly

Many people start out in life pursuing a career path or dream only to pivot at some point.  There is nothing wrong with this.  In fact, I encourage it.  You need to edit your work ruthlessly - perhaps even your choice of career.  Next, look at the actual work you're producing and edit some more, because we don't always get it right on the first pass. 

Consider Ludgwig von Beethoven, for example.  He wrote hundreds of pieces, but only five of them are on the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music.  Even a GOAT created masterpieces less than 1% of the time!

The key is to produce a lot of work and then edit it down.  Here’s how you can do it:

·      Brainstorm by yourself to come up with lots of ideas you think could work

·      Share your ideas with others who understand what you’re trying to accomplish

·      Cut out the ideas they think are crap

·      Incorporate their input for your best work and tweak what you have

·      Repeat until you have a working prototype or model to try out on a wider base for feedback


Sam Jacobson