I have written a few posts on giving up. Here, I wrote a story about a friend who found success through perseverance. I wrote about giving up too quickly. I wrote about a product cancellation. And today I have another take on giving up -- that maybe it is not all bad to give up.
Perseverance as an iterative process
It was apparent in the post I wrote on Ubersnap's success that Boon Chin worked on many ideas from a GIF camera app, to a GIF social network, and now to a GIF printing service. The subject stayed the same; it stayed as GIFs and photography because that was Boon Chin's interest.
So while the subject remained the same, the original product idea bounced around until it found traction.
Iteration as an iterative process
The thing about (self-diagnosed) ADHD people like myself is that I have a wide but superficial range of interest. What if I bounce between products because I prefer solving my own problems?
Failure as a learning process
To answer myself, then I lose failure as a learning process. Every time Boon Chin failed a GIF-related product, he understands the overall market that GIFs deeper. But more importantly, he starts off at an advantageous ground. Take his app as an example. The reason why Ubersnap prints are square-shaped was that he reused the legacy code he had from his app!
You do not choose your passion; your passion chooses you
Unfortunately for myself, I do not have a singular obsession to work with. I have SOME hobbies, but an epic love for building solutions to my problems. Moreover, I find that the harder I try to pretend to care for something that I honestly do not (like cryptocurrency), the sooner I get burnt out.
So guess what, I am just going to do what I'm going to do. And this time, be super honest with myself that I need to work on something that solves MY problem. And not just be infatuated with the money it could potentially bring (like NuMoney did).