HOMEWORK, ACCEPTANCE AND NEEDS

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HOMEWORK

So this past week I have spent a considerable amount of time reading thousands of comments on the upcoming Peeple app. One of the things that kept coming back to me was a constant reminder of how important doing your homework is in any field. Some word it differently with such terms as applying yourself, studying, practice or persistence. It is extremely important when working on a large project to sit back and read through all the resources we now have online. When I first hear that any ambitious project was completed in a short “X DAYS” period I always go in a bit skeptical. This is not a case of me doubting the ability of those involved, but the steps required in the process of perfection. I have drawn and reworked my project at least 4 times because during what I felt was the middle phase of planning, something broke. I then had to start from the very beginning with what I have learned in the process and improve. It can be frustrating to feel like you have done what feels like great work only to realize that there was a little step in the process that you could have and should improve before going forward.

ACCEPTANCE

Being wrong is a tough thing to accept when you feel like you have done enough work. We all feel that the amount of time and research we deemed significant is good enough to push forward. I have been there, I start to think that of course I can’t be wrong. I have done so much research and built this from the ground up, what could I have possibly missed that the public or investors have issues with? I believe the biggest problem when it comes to development is the idea that it is YOUR PRODUCT instead of a PRODUCT FOR EVERYONE. When you decide to do anything that requires public participation it is no longer your product. You may own property, patents, and anything else that allows you to profit from the product, but fundamentally the product is no longer yours once it is released. Think of public platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, who really shapes the direction once the app goes public? These powerful individuals such as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter COO Adam Bain and Snapchat CEO Adam Spiegel are in these high positions, but they respond to public feedback if the platform and the majority of members will benefit. In a sense they are employed by you, the members of the platform. Once you can accept that new dynamic you are able to push forward in the best interest of all. This is not to say that the employees inside should not continue to work and brainstorm original ideas to continue to improve the platform, but both are needed when developing an app that is centered around people.

NEEDS

What is a need? It is a word that many use and has different definitions depending on the individual answering and situation. A NASA astronaut will probably give you a list of things needed to survive in a harsh environment, a psychotherapist will probably try to point you to things that will help you relieve any stress you might be dealing with and a doctor will probably give you a list of medicine in order to stabilize a condition that might be ailing you. Is your app needed? Chances are the answer to this question is NO. The question you should be asking yourself does it help a subset of users? This can range from a game or a social networking application. The shift in mindset should help you analyze all the current alternatives and think about where you think they are wrong. Reading all the reviews for these apps and what you can find on google or other search engines will greatly help you in shaping the app you are trying to build.

MOTIVATION

The two videos this week come from the 2003 movie “Big Fish”, these two clips in particular show a man who has met the love of his life. The significance in these videos is that they happen in person, till this date I have not found an app that has helped people get close to this feeling to date.

In the first video, time has stopped when he first laid eyes on Sandra. What is important in this video is how everything in the background is now insignificant. All the juggling acts, the pig and elephant are now in the background and not as amusing. The time speeding up is the combination of heart acceleration, excitement and of course recovery.

The second video is highlighting something that I talked about a few weeks ago in where I feel that apps are a little too predictable in the way they are structured. EMBRACING UNPREDICTABILITY is a strong point of emphasis in this project. It is one of the reasons many go out to meet others in public settings, you just never know what greeting you will receive in person.

I will not rest until we get closer to being able to experience these moments via our personal devices.

MORE NUGGETS SOON.