Me and a group of my friends were working on a project called Needmash (Previously known as ShopekLobek) and it’s idea was simple, post anything you need and help other people with what they need. We made a prototype of it (I hope it stays up and running) during our last year of college as our graduation project and we got straight A’s.
So everything was going fine right after graduation, we knew what to do and there was not much left to do for launching the service. But what we weren’t fully aware of, is that not all of us has the same purpose and motivation for this project. I myself just wanted to make something that help people more and make their life easier, whether it’s high tech or low tech, I didn’t really care, I just wanted to help. Some other members were taking this project as an experiment to learn from it, some others changed their personal goals after graduation and it didn’t go along with starting a business and some others were just following their passion and when they lost it, they lost interest in the project. And believe me, you will lose your passion in your startup many many times, here’s how to keep it.
So it’s not always the lack of skills or resources that fails a project. You can have the right people at the right time and things eventually go wrong because they didn’t have the same goal or motive. And by goal I don’t mean that they didn’t want the project to succeed, of course they did! But “why they wanted it to succeed” was different inside each of us.
So what I’ve learned from this experience and my advice to you is when you choose someone to start a business with, or hire someone in the early stage of your project, you must make sure that his personal goals and motives are the same as yours, whatever how skillful they are, you won’t get the best out of them unless you have a unified vision and personal goals. Think of it as multiple strings pulling a rock, if they don’t all have the same direction, things will fall apart.
By the way if you are a huge corporation, you may not need to worry about your employees personal goals, they work for your money anyway.
كنت لسة بتفرج على فيلم World War Z بطولة Brad Pitt وكان بيتكلم عن ال zombies وكده.. و ضمن احداث الفيلم إن إسرائيل هي أول دولة تاخد إحتياطاتها من الفيروس ده و تبني سور ضخم يحميها من هجمات ال zombies (محامهاش قوي عموما)
المهم .. لما Brad كان راح هناك عشان يقابل شخص عنده معلومات عن أصل الفيروس و جه منين و بتاع، و لما قابل الشخص ده سأله ليه إسرائيل كانت أول دولة تستعد للخطر ده، فـالراجل رد عليه بإن بعد احداث كتيرة حصلت لإسرائيل و مقدروش يتوقعوها (و اللي منها كانت حرب 1973) المخابرات قررت طريقة جديدة في بحث صحة أي معلومة تيجي لهم، و الطريقة دي اسمها “The 10th man rule” أو قاعدة الرجل العاشر. القاعدة ببساطة بتقول إن المجلس (المكون من 10 أشخاص) لما يبحث صحة معلومة ما و يبقى 9 من ال 10 أفراد متفقين على رأي، يبقى مهمة الشخص العاشر إنه يبحث في احتمالية حدوث الرأي الاخر حتى لو هو مش مقتنع بإمكانية حدوثه، و بكده يبقوا مستعدين لإحتمالية حدوث أي شيء.
القاعدة دي أبهرتني بصراحة لدرجة إني بحثت عنها عالنت بعد ما خلصت الفيلم و لقيت واحد على Quora بيسأل إذا كانت اسرائيل بتستخدم القاعدة دي بجد ولا لأ. المفزع إن طلع الجيش الإسرائيلي بيطبق القاعدة دي في الواقع فعلا في اتخاذ قرارته و كانت ضمن تغيرات كتير في استراتيجية اتخاذ القرار في الجيش الإسرائيلي بعد 1973. و مصدر المعلومة دي هو كتاب “Lessons from Israel’s intelligence reforms” و اللي ألفه “Yousef Kuperwasser” رئيس قسم البحث العلمي في وزارة الدفاع الاسرائيلية من 2001 إلى 2006.
آه صحيح.. اللي مستغرب من عنوان المقال، فيه إشاعة طالعة إن إسرائيل جايبة لينا طماطم مسرطنة.
ياريتها جت عالطماطم …
In my school period, I used to wake up at 6:30 AM and I needed to get out at 7, so there was only 30 mins to go to the bathroom, pray, get dressed, have a breakfast and prepare my bag. The time was really tight but I figured out a way to solve it, to have a clock in front of me while doing all these tasks to feel the tick of every second and not waste it.
Then after I went to college I didn’t need that technique because the time was kinda flexible and sometimes I didn’t go at all (yeah I was a huge slacker during college). But then after graduation and when I started working on multiple projects, I faced a huge time management crisis, an epic fail that led to chaos in my tasks.
So I analysed my performance and attitude during this chaos period and I found out some sort of things
- The tasks take much time than what I predicted, which means that I’m not realistic with my predictions
- I underestimate checking mail and social media or any fun or break time and I lose myself there for more than I should
- I do a better job when being watched or monitored
These basic 3 issues inspired me to use a timer when doing anything, from eating in front of the TV to working on my projects so I can solve those 3 basic problems. The timer will help me with:
- Knowing exactly how much time each task has taken so I can make my prediction better in the future
- Knowing exactly how much time spent on social media and fun things so I don’t underestimate them again
- Being monitored (by myself) to do a better job
I found a great tool to manage this for you, you write each task with the predicted time for it and it will ring when the time reach that goal time. Its a Chrome app called task timer, it’s pretty useful and I’m already using it right now when writing this post and I’ve given a 1 hour goal to finish it (and I did it in exactly 58 mins).
I have just started today to use this technique and I’m not sure how much time I’ll save but I’m pretty sure that it will save a huge amount of time. I guess you will may even notice the results through my social media activity.