Good fortune? The fact is
The more that you practice,
The harder you sweat,
The luckier you get.
Ideas? We’ve had ’em
Since Eve deceived Adam,
But take it from me
Execution’s the key.
The money? Just pester
A likely investor.
To get what you need
You toady to greed.
The talent? Go sign it!
But first, wine and dine it.
It’s tedious work
With a talented jerk.
Good timing? To win it
You gotta be in it.
Just never be late
To quit or cut bait.
Expansion? It’s vanity!
Profit is sanity.
To walk on two legs.
The first step? Just do it
And bluff your way thru’ it.
Remember to duck!
and good luck!
All of yous is rough but I'm about to get the bevel
I'm the devil with rhymes, with freestyles,
Whole point is you don't need money to smile
Like jesus said grounded-hidden-treasure
riches beyond man-can-measure
but I'm not a religious fanatic; just a seeker of the truth; and maybe somewhat spastic
now but who gives a hoot
I'm just playing this game and collecting all the loot
With your hand on the trigger you just needed to point and shoot.
In case anyone is wondering that didn't all come totally off the dome instantly. I do a reflective type of freestyling/poetry where I need a few seconds to minutes to formulate a single verse. Sometimes it flows like low surface tension water and I'll just text dump in real typing time and sometimes I'll be running off to google for a few minutes trying to make sense of what thought just entered my mind.
I went into freestyling as a hobby for a deeper reason though - trying to surface what automatically comes to my mind before I have a chance to evaluate it. This was sort of like Tynan's meditation thing where he had to say the very first thing that popped in his head back when he posted about it (forgot which one). By forcing thoughts at high pressure through the sieve of consciousness we can try to pull out what's deeper in and bring it to conscious light.
edit2: some are recycled rhymes from earlier mental run thrus like that Babe --> turned into pork line (aka prewrittens). The last gun line was a backwards homage to mainstream rap which started with the venting of gangland violence.
It's surprisingly rare for me to get emails with suggestions for posts, but since posting last week about my startup, I've gotten several requests for a post about programming. Good idea-I should have thought of this before.
Now is a particularly good time to talk about programming, because now is a particularly good time to start a tech business. Every two weeks I go to Startup Poker, where I play poker with a bunch of startup employees and owners. We don't talk about startups all that much, but when we do, a recurring theme is this: there has never been an easier time to start a startup.
The process of starting up a tech company has almost become standardized: two founders join together with an idea, they start building it, take funding, and change the idea along the way as necessary. Amongst the two founders, there are only two configurations that you'll see: either both are "technical" or one is "technical". Technical meaning that they can program and will actually build the product.
It’s tough to show your project to the world sometimes. You want every detail to be amazing, you want to wow and impress. The need for perfection can be debilitating, and you should strive to be the best you can be. But forward motion is more important than perfection. How many songs are sitting on your hard drive unheard? I recently saw a forum post where a person spent 5 years working on one song. COME ON, finish the thing and move on. Even the crazy perfectionist Kanye will only sit on tracks for about a year. Either it is good enough to finish or should be scrapped.
So go ahead and put your art out. Get feedback from your peers. Then improve! I see countless “artists” that spend a decade working on their FIRST album or FIRST book or whatever. You can sit and read books and research for years but ten minutes of DOING trumps all of that. Put your first record out this year. My first real record took about three years and that was mainly me waiting on other people and it drove me NUTS! But I learned a ton and now can have better launches for the next record and so on. Give your art to the world TODAY, get feedback, listen. Sometimes the feedback will be good and help you grow. Sometimes it will just be wrong, have the courage to know when to listen and when to ignore. Then do it again with the next peace. Hone your craft and PRODUCE!
“Real artists ship!” Steve Jobs