What’s the difference between exploration and exploitation, and how can they be balanced to create innovative products, efficiently?
Strategy, Tactics & Powerpoint When building a presentation, take a step back and use intention to focus on what you want to present. First, think: Who is this presentation for? Next, think: What change are we seeking to make? Are you trying to cause an action, or change a belief?
When I was a wee intern many years ago, my boss told me that no one remembers what you present. They remember how you make them feel.
Not solving a top-tier problem -If you're not solving a major pain point, it's not important enough for the customer to care
Solving a problem people don’t know they have - Steve Jobs did well here but if you're a first timer it's likely to be hard to convince people that they need your product.
Building a product which solves everyone's problems - if you are solving a general problem, people might not be as passionate
Cloning an existing player, but with slight improvement- Cloning without any novel twists or improvements means the incumbent / one with bigger pockets is likely to win.
Frameworks (by Chris Paik) Great frameworks that help you shape your thinking. I enjoyed learning about Business Model - Product Fit, Seven Deadly Sins as humans' core motivators. Chris' theories & random thoughts are interesting too. - "Constraints breed creativity." - "The willingness to be perceived as wrong for an extended period of time is a valuable character trait."
"Saying yes to everything has two big problems, though:
It's the shortest road to burnout.
It becomes difficult to know if you're making progress on the Most Important Things you're working on."
I quickly learned that this is the quickest path to burnout. This useful article teaches you how to decide what to say yes/no to, and how to say no in a kind & thoughtful manner. P.S. If you like this, subscribe to Developer Microskils.
Resources & Tools
Microbrave - Building in public is a foolproof strategy for makers and founders to cultivate community, get user feedback regularly, and stay accountable. But it can be scary too if you don't know how to start. This free tool helps you out with useful templates. Be brave & share what you're working on. There's unlimited upside.
Shoutout - Shoutout makes it incredibly easy to tap into your existing social proof and turn it into a beautiful "Wall of Love". Capture, curate, and publish a wall in less than 3 minutes, and embed it on your site.
Free Password Managers - LastPass' free version is no longer going to be as generous come March, so if you're looking for alternatives, check this article out. Many in my circles have mentioned Bitwarden. I use 1Password at work, and am likely to just pay up for LastPass premium.
Sniptik - Download your TikTok videos without a watermark. Not going to lie, this side looks shady but works.
Looseleaf Cannon - Do you like marketing, or are you looking for a cool business idea to run with? Luke helps founders & marketers spark their creativity by sharing marketing plans for a new business ideas.
Developer Microskills - Grow your career in a few minutes each week. Get only practical, actionable ways to improve. No vague, hand-wavey self-help "believe in yourself" things.
Take A Brain Break
Travel Remotely - Explore different cities by walking, taking the car or train, while listening to local radio.
Send Your Name To Mars - Input your name in this website and NASA will send your name on a pendrive to mars, in the year 2026.
Send A Mixtape - Build a paper mixtape with your playlist, then scan the QR code to play your mix. Relieve nostalgia with your friends!
I Miss My Bar - Fun site that recreates the ambience of your favorite bar, with a dope playlist, bartender sounds and
Fun bonus. Apparently, the laugh cry emoji isn't cool anymore according to Gen Z. 😂
Quote Of The Week
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment" — Ralph Waldo Emerson (Share On Twitter)