There are a lot of things that I have hired people to do and I get so frustrated because they are not good enough… why? because I envisioned things to be done a certain way and when that way is not exactly how I want I am SUPER PISSED. Like for instance when I used to own cellnn (cellular news network) I would update it once a day with the latest in cellular news. Then it was clear that I just did not have time for it so I hired many different people to do it. Everyone from my sister to various people I knew on IRC and while they tried to do a good job it was never good enough mainly because it was not EXACTLY how I wanted it done. Eventually the site died and I gave up on it… why? because I had bigger fish to fry and just lost interest. I mean to be fair the mobile industry was my thing. I knew a lot about every single phone on the market… knew where to find the latest info… knew people to talk to for the latest info etc etc… so why did I ever think someone could just jump in and do it who had ZERO knowledge of that area. Ya stupid.
This probably sounds obvious to people out there but its a lesson I have learned.. many times the hard way. Instead of finding jobs for people you need to find people for jobs. For instance when you need someone to just write about cellphones don’t look at the low hanging fruit (friends) just because they need some extra money… If I could have done this over I would have gone to howardforums.com and found the moderator with the most posts in every category and offered him the job… why? Obviously he has more contacts and knowledge then I do and if Howard Chui trusts him enough to be a moderator then that would be enough of a resume for me to give him a chance. O well, chalk that up to lesson learned.
Many times this blog is just my notes on what I have learned. A lot of times its not rocket science…
So with programming it was pretty simple. Dillsmack is frickin eons better then I am and makes a good CTO, but now there is the issue of how would we ever bring in another marketer or programmer… ??? The programmer is never going to meet dillsmack’s expectations and the marketer I guarantee will want to quit after 2 days of me riding his ass.
The hardest part is sucking it up and just realizing that while you want to do 90000 things you only can manage a few without going crazy. Recently when a VC firm contacted us and asked me what I would say if he wanted to give us a check for xx,xxx,xxx for one of our newest projects I said “well unless you can clone myself or dillsmack I really have no clue what we would do with the money”.
(ADD side note – Keeping few employees and working out of your homes makes for UNREAL profit margins)
Now this might sound egotistical or whatever and really I am not to concerned with how it comes out… its just the way it is. Its not that I am the best marketer on the planet I just have my views on how things should be done and I pity someone who would come in and try what I do. I do it for several companies and I do it 7 days a week. The same with dillsmack I would pity a programmer who would work under him because he sets the bar so high in that he constantly juggles tons of different servers, platforms, and projects and also has to listen to all my new crazy ideas (which about 5% we actually do).
Sorry not sure if this was a very helpful tip for success or more of me just rambling my thoughts 😉 anyway Shoemoney TFS 8