37Signals, the people who make amazing products like Basecamp (a project management suite) and Backpack (a wiki like web application) and also pretty much designed and developed Ruby on Rails, have a great blog called Signal vs. Noise. They posted a harsh, yet very real post today that ‘there is always time to launch your dream‘.
To many people today want to make a quick buck or have everything handed to them on a silver platter, like they deserve it (similar reasoning to why I made this tweet earlier today). Yes, I personally have complained about ‘not having the time to do something’, but I take full responsibility in the fact that I just didn’t want to use the time doing that particular thing.
But in recent months, I have realized that I should just stop wasting my time and get the job done. In some cases, this can actually be very rewarding in the end. For example, I have seen at least 3 ideas I have had come to fruition in the last year (and not by me), where I could have had a very similar product MUCH EARLIER if I had just taken the time to flush something out. Or, one could finish a product and get it distributed (whether its a website, mobile application, or even desktop application) and start making money – its obviously not going to make any money if its not released.
This can go both ways as well. It’s like when you were a little kid. Get your chores done and you can play with your toys. Not to long ago, I was working 70 hour weeks all the time. And since I just had so much work, friendships, relationships, and even other job opportunities suffered. Now that I have a job that I love, and don’t nearly have to work as much on that, all of the above can thrive.
If you are passionate about what you are going to do – it feels less and less like work. As said in the article, ‘If you want it bad enough, you will make the time’.