Tony makes a great drop of vino...
... or so I think, because I haven't tasted this particular wine.
We caught up a week ago, and I haven't put up any stories, posts, or ... well ... it is almost as if I have gone underground completely for the past week.
OK... I admit it. My productivity has dropped waaaaay down since our boat party a week ago.
The past seven days has been a little bit of a mental holiday for me. The usual tasks of business development and marketing have been near comatose levels. It feels like everyone is either busy or away at this time of the year, and so our motivation to contact people is also waaaaay down. I keep thinking, why bother people when they are busy?
I feel that is the wrong attitude, but it's Christmas! It's our favourite time of the year, and so we are giving ourselves a little slack... and as I write that, I am certain that is definitely the wrong attitude to hold. This is the time when I can work uninterrupted on new ideas and improvements.
At this time last year, I was deliberating whether to stay at the law firm or to leap out to run VIVA. The urgency I felt a year ago seemed absent in the last week... but not today!
The most important thing - product.
I harp on about this all the time - product, product, product... what do people want? How do we help them get what they want?
All of us in the team think about this a lot. Sometimes, I feel like we think about it so much that we lose sight of the core agenda, and run off on tangential quests to find fancy loots when we should be focused on saving the princess and slaying the dragon.
The AWS startup guys asked me to describe our business in one line. After a few attempts, I wrote "we help people discover fun things to do". That isn't perfect, but it is close... it is like Mario at the end of World 1-4... we think we have beat Bowser and saved the princess, but there are more worlds to conquer and more refinements to be made.
Hmm... this is the first time I have used the dragon and princess analogy, and I like it a lot.
Oh... I like this a lot... this analogy is my Christmas present to myself.