“The unreasonable effectiveness of just showing up every day”

The unreasonable effectiveness of just showing up every day

Kishore Nallan writes about how he co-created Typesense, a popular open source website search engine:

When I first started working on Typesense six years ago, I set myself a simple rule:

I shall write some code every day before or after work.

That’s it. No deadlines, no quarterly goals, no milestones.

I did not have a choice really — I was about to get married and was already working full-time in a demanding role. As you can imagine, building a search engine from scratch is not a trivial undertaking, so that was my way of not having to deal with additional stress.

Also:

If you want to find some modest success and independence by launching your own product, and wished to do so without too much risk, I invite you to try this playbook:

Pick an idea in a large market that will always be in demand and work on a product

By choosing an idea that is not a fad and doing so in a large and preferably growing market, you can afford to take a much slower route. As long as you keep plugging away at the problem, at some point, you will have enough of a product to start charging for it.

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