Seth Godin on the hard parts
November 19, 2010
This is a great re-post of a blog entry by my former college classmate Seth Godin. I decided to share it here. For more on Seth’s prognostications, check out Seth’s blog. As to our industry, we know the answer. SOFTWARE IS THE HARD PART.
Sure, but what’s the hard part?
Every project (product, play, event, company, venture, non profit) has a million tasks that need to be done, thousands of decisions, predictions, bits of effort, conversations and plans.
But what’s the hard part?
The CEO spends ten minutes discussing the layout of the office with the office manager. Why? Was that a difficult task that could only be done by her? Unlikely.
The founder of a restaurant spends hours at the cash register, taking orders and hurrying the line along… important, vital, emotional, but hard? Not if we think of hard as the chasm, the dividing line between success and failure. No, the hard part is raising two million dollars to build more stores. Hard is hiring someone better than you to do this part of the job.
Hard is not about sweat or time, hard is about finishing the rare, valuable, risky task that few complete.
Don’t tell me you want to launch a line of spices but don’t want to make sales calls to supermarket buyers. That’s the hard part.
Don’t tell me you are a great chef but can’t deal with cranky customers. That’s the hard part.
Don’t tell me you have a good heart but don’t want to raise money. That’s the hard part.
Identifying which part of your project is hard is, paradoxically, not so easy, because we work to hide the hard parts. They frighten us.