On needing help

Justin Jackson, as always, with a great article.

You’ve heard of Walt Disney, the affable showman who founded The Walt Disney Company. He’s an American icon with a great legacy.

You may not have heard of his older brother, Roy.

I didn’t know about him, what a great story…

Roy was the linchpin in the Walt Disney Company’s success

Each brother had a forte and relied on the other for the rest. As Justin says, working alone has its benefits but also its devils:

Isolation removes distractions, allowing us to focus on bringing ideas to life.

But when we lone wolves hit a speed bump, many of us stop creating. It’s hard to show up every day, by yourself. When there’s no one to cheer you on, and no one to be accountable to, it’s easier to just give up.

While working on QuickShopper I encountered two or three of those speed bumps.

The first one was actually close to my self-imposed shipping date , the frustration of not making the deadline due to technical problems, plus a well-timed flu hit me really hard and set me back a month (it wasn’t until the end of January that I resumed work on the app).

Other speed bumps in the road were not as serious and only set me back an evening.

The interesting part though? The biggest difference between these speed bumps wasn’t how hard the problem would be to solve, it was my attitude.

The first time I was so angry I didn’t want to talk about it. The others, I had a different attitude that allowed me to talk about it with my wife and friends.

This talking about it helps you let off steam and re-focus on how to move forward.

Great recommendations at the end of the article, including one that I’ve wanted to do for a while:

Start a mastermind. Reach out 2-3 of your peers and ask if they want to start meeting every week on a Google Hangout. Let each person talk about what they accomplished last week, what they want to do this week, and what they’re blocked on.