“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.”


“How I learned to stop dithering and make a decision”

I have probably mentioned it before, but the best career advice I’ve ever gotten came from a mentor of mine who told me:

“You are very persistent,  but you need to ask for help sooner”

Incidentally, this sage advice came from someone who I respect more than anyone I’ve ever done business with.  His greatest business attribute is that he will ALWAYS make a decision and never second-guess himself.  I’ve told him several times in the 20 years I’ve known him:

“You’re not always right, but you ALWAYS make a decision”

One of the best and worst parts of running my own business is that I make all the decisions.  I decide when something is ready for whatever stage it’s supposed to be at.  I decide which projects I want to build and which ones I don’t.  I decide when I need to bring in a hired gun to handle something outside my “9 dots”.  I’m extremely fortunate to have a very small list of developers, designers and marketers I trust with my clients.  After you’ve gained enough experience in your field you also gain the confidence that you really do know what you’re talking about.  If a project requires a coding or architecture decision, I make one.  If it requires a design or layout decision I still make a decision but only after I bring in my design expert to give me the pros and cons of A or B.

You won’t always be right, but your project won’t stall out and your clients will respect you.

My favorite line from this song: “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice”