So yeah. I’m a bit fed up of reading success stories everywhere on the web. I mean it’s great, I’m happy for everybody that’s making what seems to be tons of money selling Potatoes and Penis-Shaped Gummies but I think that the reality is a lot different to a bunch of us.
I have been working on a personal project for about 2 years now. I have even quit my day job a year ago to focus on it while doing some freelance gigs to pay the rent. Maybe I’m just bad at this. Maybe my product doesn’t serve any purpose. But strangely enough, I feel like I’m not the only app developer that didn’t become rich in a few days.
I’m not mad at successful people. I’m super happy for them. A lot of them truly deserve it. This is just a letter addressed to the developer with a nice side project that can’t seem to make any money out of it.
Don’t give up. I cannot tell you that it gets better, because it hasn’t happened to me yet. But I think that what you are doing is admirable.
Some people would say it’s crazy to work for such a long period of time on something that didn’t bring in any money yet. They might be right. But better be crazy than ordinary, no?
What would the world be without crazy people? Taking risks is crazy. I don’t believe there is something such as calculated risk. It’s only a made up notion that makes us feel less guilty about taking risks. Risk is risk. You have no idea how it’s going to turn out; where it’s going to lead you.
Risks are good anyway. If you’re taking so many of them, it can only mean that you are really passionate about what you’re doing, right? If you were doing it only for the money, you would’ve stopped taking risks a long time ago.
While I can’t yet prove that passion and devotion are the best way (or should I say “fastest”) to a better, happier life, I really want to believe it.
I think you should too.
You might feel like you’re doing the wrong thing. You might feel like getting a “real”, “stable” job is going to make you happier in the future. You might feel depressed or like everything you do is worthless.
But please, keep pushing. I can’t tell you it gets better yet, but I believe at some point in the future I will.
Continue to work on what you believe in. Give everything you’ve got. Even if it fails, you’ll have nothing to be ashamed of.
You’ll be proud of yourself, and so will I.
And so will your mom.