If It’s Worth Doing Well, It’s Worth Doing Fast

I like doing creative projects.  For example, making gymnastics videos, and putting books together.

However, I am also a busy guy.  I don’t have time to get involved in as many projects as I’d like to.  So one way to get more stuff done, is to shorten the amount of time you have to do it.

Like, shoot edit and produce a 5 minute film in 7 days.  That is the basis of Campus Movie Fest, the world’s largest student film festival, which I and some friends got together to enter.  My friends and I made a 5 minute documentary on the gymnastics team at Stanford called “Inside the Gymnastic Life”.  Out of 98 teams at Stanford who entered, 50 submitted films, and 16 of those films were shown after the filming was over at Memorial Auditorium.

“Inside the Gymnastic Life” was one of the 16 films shown.  It was so much fun filming and editing the movie.  Some times you get so caught up in doing things “perfect”, that nothing ever gets done.  The 5 minute and one week deadline forced us to go with only the most important shots, angles and interviews.  Every second had to count.  We managed to cram a whole lotta good gymnastics in there and got some great exposure for the team.

Next month, I am doing National Novel Writing Month.  I am going to write 50,000 words (175 pages) in 30 days.  I’m really excited, but also a little nervous.   When will I find the time?  What if I don’t make it?  But ultimately I think it will make for a great story (literally =P).

My book will be a thriller novel about … well, don’t want to give it away right now do I?  Anyways, the idea of this is the same: force you to produce something, even if it isn’t that good, at least it is something.  That’s the point.  Kathy Sierra has blogged about this before.  How many great ideas have you had?  How many of them turned into something?  If you don’t do something with an idea, it is nothing.  It does not exist in reality.  Only when you take action on your ideas, does something real happen.  If it’s worth doing well, it’s worth doing fast.  Or rough.  Or ok.  Or incompletely.  Just do something!

“If you don’t do it, it doesn’t exist” – Paul Arden.

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Jason Shen

Jason is a tech entrepreneur and advocate for Asian American men. He's written extensively and spoken all over the world about how individuals and organizations develop their competitive advantage. Follow him at @jasonshen.

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