Chris Lakin

Start simple and assume that motivation is fickle.

In starting this website, I had a moment where I almost didn’t. I almost fell into a black hole of the meta: website templates, hosting services, styling, themes. I have this weakness.

But I followed a tip that a mentor gave me: “Start simple from before you even begin: stay simple in how you think of it, and how you make it. Don't let people tell you it needs to be any more complex than this.

With that, I just started writing. I wrote the HTML files myself off of a simple template. The original essays I published had flaws and mistakes, but I needed to at least start—I could revise later. “Perfect is the enemy of good.”

Are you hesitating on a project because of details? Just start. Be imperfect. Only do what’s essential, don’t drown in froth. Assume that your motivation is fickle—expect that fussing on any hiccup could delay you into permanent inaction; act accordingly to mitigate that risk. Start simple.


Posted 2020 August 24, last updated 2021 March 26.
This essay is better now than when I first posted it, but only because I’ve revised it several times months after posting.

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