In a world full of princesses...

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I get so much great advice these days, and it really has made a big difference in the way I'm now going from theoretical concept to a much more practical business approach. I have enough of a concept to go out into the real world and present and shape it in the right direction. Here's some of the advice and responses I'd like to share with you.

 

1. The advice

The best work/life advice I’ve seen in a long time.

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2. The design advice

I met up with founder of Resilio Technologies and fellow Idea Labster, Anders Søndergaard. Since Anders is approximately one year ahead of me, I really enjoyed learning more about his entrepreneurial journey and getting his feedback on where I’m at in the process.

The conversation was jam-packed with valuable information, but if there’s one piece of advice I’d like to share with you it’s this: Design for reality!

Anders urged me to get out, and get out of the office and as quickly as possible team up with the people, who are customers and users of the future product. Essentially, if you want to design the best possible product, you have to keep in mind that the best possible product is the one that solves real-life problems, something that real people, not user profles, will want to use time and time again.

So, time to get out of the office!

 

3. The surprising TED talk about work and happiness

This TED talk by Shawn Anchor is laugh out loud funny. It features Amy, the hurt baby unicorn and a menopausal, male medical student named Bobo, but it also has a serious side, which I’ve experienced quite in the past weeks: The backwards notion that if you work hard, then you achieve more, and then you become happier. In fact, Shawn Anchor argues, it’s the other way around: If we don’t see the positive sides, we become less productive.

I have a habit of noticing everything I DIDN’T do during the day, and I can tell that it had a massive impact on my work.

I’m not saying (and neither is Shawn Anchor) that you should only think of the positive, but if you, like me, have a tendency to hit yourself in the head with incomplete tasks and never give yourself enough credit for your work, you might want to stop and watch this instead.

 

4. The change of (developing) plans

More meetings this week: This one with Kasper, a senior designer, who knows a thing or two about development. In the beginning of this journey I was convinced devolping the product would be a 100% in-house job, but after this talking to Kasper, I’ve changed my mind. “If you’re only two people, it’s easier to agree on a solution, but if you have a dedicated team you’ll avoid a lot of beginner’s mistakes.” Hard to disagree, and the chance of getting a developer on the project right away are probably very small.

 

5. The response on Q&A

I got some very positive response on the Q&A post, and readers were kind enough to share their stories with me. The one thing that stuck with me was how often they continuously had to defend their choice of quitting a full-time job to go back to school or pursue an independent career to others. And how they were tired of being labelled as being "lazy" when, in fact, they were working tirelessly.

It continues to baffle me how there can be millions of different jobs in this world, yet the terms "work" and "career" are still so incredibly narrow.