Commit a decade

jasonleow  •  23 Jun 2022   •  

“Nearly impossible to worry about anything if you’ve already decided you’ll stick to it for a decade.” – @OneJKMolina

It’s amazing what a non-negotiable commitment to a crazy long time can do to your motivation.

I’ve been recently feeling somewhat demoralised by my poor product launch for Sheet2Bio. But a friend on Twitter asked me this:

It’s a figure of speech, I’m not saying it will necessarily take 10 years. But those who succeed often don’t mind investing 10 years into it. Because it really means that much to them. Besides. what else are you going to do in the next 10 years? Give up and work a 9-5? 🤔

That made me laugh, at myself. Sooo true. Loved it. Felt so much better. Went away asking… “What was the problem again?”

I’m not going anywhere else. So what else is there? Just be ok with the disappointment, sit with it for a few days. Then just get back to work. There’s nowhere else to go, nothing else to do.

This isn’t the first time I heard a creator say that. The OG of indie hackers @levelsio also said something similar about his own journey, how he’s committing to indie hacking for ten years, because he observed how many of his peers in electronic music (something he used to do in the past) found success after crossing the ten year mark.

Commit a decade to it.

And all the lows (and highs) that come during this ten years will be but a blimp in calendar. A decade commitment puts real big picture perspective to your tiny every day experiences.

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@jasonleow I live between two sets of train tracks, so I can testify – everything big starts off slow.

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Winkletter  •  23 Jun 2022, 3:28 am

@Winkletter Haha I can literally hear the steam locomotive in my head now. Deep, and true. I do hope it’s a decade that I’ll look back fondly at

jasonleow  •  23 Jun 2022, 4:39 am