When you don’t know what to do, ask

When I don’t know what to do, I just wait and I’ll get some sign of what to do
My meditation teacher
Of course I didn’t believe her.

Today,

I spend the day wondering which one of the two features I should start first in my self-help app with. The best answer would have been both, but I want to get it out fast and they are both quite heavy features.

Meetup FTW

Because of that and my inaction during the day I wasn’t in a mood to go in a Meetup, so that was the perfect why I needed to go. As usual I learnt things I couldn’t learn at home. And because yesterday, I was at a conference and I didn’t stay for the networking, I was definitely going to do it tonight.
So there I am, discussing with fellow developers.
One of them asked me what I do, and because he was so thorough while explaining his job, I felt compelled to do the same.

My rebellious side

I talked about my self-help app idea and the fact that I’m thinking between two different features. I explained both and he naturally spoke about one in particular. He even brought up an idea of business model that I had and forgot… another guy came in and expanded on the same ideas.
I don’t like people telling me what to do, so I rejected those ideas, but then I was like… why not. It is complementary. It answers the same need I want to without compromising.
So, after 5-10 minutes, I simply said: “finally, I think you’re right”.
I also caught up with the first guy and told him the same thing.
They made me recall the whole idea I thought of two years ago.

Conclusion

I now believe my meditation teacher.
There is a slight difference between:
  • Wait for it in your bed, like someone will knock on your door and give you the answer to life and,
  • Get out there, do something else, open yourself up to opportunities
In both case you didn’t act on your issue, but in the second case, you were on the move, blood flowing, active and alive. Only life brings life.

Good

  • I went to the Meetup even though I didn’t want to
  • I went to say hi to the people I met the month before (I used not to do that. Rude, I know)
  • I changed my mind before being too stubborn
  • I asked a question to one of the speaker
  • I talked about my project even though it was very sketchy

To improve

  • Listen to the ideas with an open mind, even if I don’t include them
  • Create excitement out of their idea. Listen to their ideas and challenge them as if they were pitching me to get the best out of them
  • Ask for Twitter contact of people I talked with

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