Start Small

Nobody should start to undertake a large project. You start with a small _trivial_ project, and you should never expect it to get large. If you do, you’ll just overdesign and generally think it is more important than it likely is at that stage. Or worse, you might be scared away by the sheer size of the work you envision.

So start small, and think about the details. Don’t think about some big picture and fancy design. If it doesn’t solve some fairly immediate need, it’s almost certainly over-designed. And don’t expect people to jump in and help you. That’s not how these things work. You need to get something half-way _useful_ first, and then others will say “hey, that _almost_ works for me”, and they’ll get involved in the project.

And if there is anything I’ve learnt from Linux, it’s that projects have a life of their own, and you should _not_ try to enforce your “vision” too strongly on them. Most often you’re wrong anyway, and if you’re not flexible and willing to take input from others (and willing to change direction when it turned out your vision was flawed), you’ll never get anything good done.

In other words, be willing to admit your mistakes, and don’t expect to get anywhere big in any kind of short timeframe. I’ve been doing Linux for thirteen years, and I expect to do it for quite some time still. If I had _expected_ to do something that big, I’d never have started. It started out small and insignificant, and that’s how I thought about it.


Seth Godin

Seth Godin is my true inspiration these days. He has more 19 world wide sellers on his name. And he blogs almost everyday about advances in thinking in management science. In my reading list I have also added all his books, yes all 19 of them.

Besides this I am also following all research stuff from my, and I am using my Evernote to synchronise my learnings.

I am collecting stuff which should go in the learning and reading repository of every C.S. student or any other engineer who wants to master C.S. One promise I always give which is you won’t have to prefer anything ever again after mastering my book or even during reading my book.