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2019 Spring cohort - how are you all doing? Anyone else feeling a little overwhelmed at the work there is to do? - Reforge Forum
"I am finding that it's hard not to feel overwhelmed with the fact that being furnished with all the tools, knowledge and strategies that the Reforge course has provided means now I have so many ways to put that learning to use - but human/resource limitations means it's only possible to do a few things at a time. "

This is core to any leader as you progress through your career. With more knowledge and experience, the future landscape of possibilities becomes more clear. This helps you and the team navigate to the best destination possible. But you will always be limited by some type of resource (time, money, or people) and so you have to get really good at deciding out of all those possibilities, what is the best possible thing I or the team can do given the information and resources we have.

I feel this every day as a founder. I see the vision of what could be, but I have to deal with real realities. The biggest mistakes you can make are:

1. To not have any vision at all. Then you are just wandering aimlessly.

2. To try and do way too much and as a result, spread your resources to thin and not make much progress on any of it.

3. Get stuck in analysis paralysis trying to be 100% sure of the best thing to do.

It is an uncomfortable feeling because to some degree you never feel fully satisfied. But that constant pushing forward is also how you build an amazing body of work over a period of time.

"As growth-focused PMs, do we reserve our greatest empathy for our future users whose needs we haven't met yet, or the ones whose needs it is too late to meet? Should you really even choose?"

Yes, you should absolutely choose because no choice is worse than a sub-optimal choice.

Most growth-focused PM's should be focused on the marginal user. Bangaly Kaba (VP Growth @ Instacart) talked about this concept in his interview here. That next segment of users. How do you enable them? That in almost all cases is the largest opportunity. In addition, if a user has already formed an opinion about your product that is much harder to change then to influence a new users opinion.

There are some cases where this isn't true. For example, if you were a Growth PM at Twitter for example where you've had the vast majority of the population sign up for your service, the marginal user is no longer the biggest opportunity. This is one of the reasons why Twitter has had a lot of trouble growing MAU. They burned through the population faster than they improved activation and engagement for user segments that weren't part of their initial core.
startups  Motivation 
3 days ago by christopherming
The Boy Who Saved Batman - Mental Floss - Pocket
“You could either chalk it up to stubbornness or abject stupidity,” he says now, “but every time my back was against the wall, I went back to that one question: ‘Is the rest of the world right and I’m wrong, and I’m just being stubborn?’ Or do I truly believe in this? I kept coming up with [the answer]: ‘This is the right way.’”

“You could either chalk it up to stubbornness or abject stupidity,” he says now, “but every time my back was against the wall, I went back to that one question: ‘Is the rest of the world right and I’m wrong, and I’m just being stubborn?’ Or do I truly believe in this? I kept coming up with [the answer]: ‘This is the right way.’”
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5 days ago by craniac
pharmakon poisoning in the electrate collective experiment – Alex Reid
as Julius Erving once said ‘Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.”

The literate apparatus to which we are tied, especially as publishing academics, is insufficient if not counter-productive, so it poisons us in two ways. Or at least it continues to poison us while the efficacy of its remedy, of the cognitive/rhetorical capacities it engenders, are diminished. Meanwhile the electrate apparatus makes its own media-pharmacological demands, ones which we do not fully understand but which we certainly feel. The collective expression of electracy also offers us new capacities, if we can recognize them and if we can find ways to use them in our communities without ending up having to drink the hemlock.

That’s the electrate collective experiment. No IRB forms required.
motivation  writing 
6 days ago by craniac

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