Does the minimum-viable approach lead to gaps in the user experience? It doesn’t have to. There’s a distinction to make: The set of features you choose to build is one thing. The level you choose to execute at is another. You can decide whether or not to include a feature like ‘reset password’. But if you decide to do it, you should live up to a basic standard of execution on the experience side.
For the first time in my life, I am present to the fact that I’m not going to be young forever. Of course this is something I alway knew to be true, but knowing something and experiencing it are two very different things.
I’m entering the last quarter of the most transformative decade of my life. My 20s have been a great adventure, because I have chosen to make my life a great adventure.
It is easy to lament the prospect of getting older. Our society places such a premium on youth that it’s easy to feel that life after 30 is a multi-decade slide into frail obscurity. It’s not. I know people in their 40s and 50s who are continuously in the best shape of their life and routinely reinvent themselves and their lives.
Here’s why: Life is non-linear. Natural Rights, Physics and Federal laws aside, there are really no rules in life. Only that your actions generate results and that your thoughts and emotions don’t have to dictate your actions.
For me, the results that I want to generate will take a decade or more to realize: I can’t expect to get off the couch and hit a home run in Yankee Stadium on my first swing. The same principle applies to other games in life. Everything I do is to tee up 40-yr-old Travis to be kind of person that can make the kind of world contribution 27-yr-old Travis wants to make.
This includes the community that I am fortunate to have. Again, I am amazed at the outpouring of love from near and far as people call me to wish me happy birthday. If I am the average of my community, then who I am and what I am able to do is because of you all.
Today I greet 27 with great excitement. There’s a lot of work to do and reinvention to be had. This decade and the next.