The most interesting people in the world are people who do what they want. How do they do it? How in the world did Drew Houston, founder and CEO of Dropbox, say no to “Steve freakin’ Jobs?” In a startup, you have no time to do things other than the ones you want to get done so here’s how:
1- Know your outcome. Clarity is everything. How do you know where you are going if you don’t have a final result in mind? If you don’t know what you want then DECIDE on something. Read the next few steps to see why this makes sense.
2- Do it. Now. Life is not about what you can do but what you will do. Try something. If you’ve failed, then you have an education to do it better.
3- Observe. So, are things actually working out or are you further away from what you wanted to get done? Notice what’s going on.
4- If what you have tried has failed horrendously, try a different method until you succeed. All of those interesting people have failed. Many times. Now would be a good time to fail spectacularly…and learn.
Cheat: If you find someone who has done what you want before, invite him to a beer, and find out how he did it!