I was never ‘great’ at coding or designing. In fact, I realized pretty quickly that I suck at programming & decided to switch to other areas that peaked my interest.
Still, it doesn’t change the fact that I earned a good amount by building apps back in the day even though I wasn’t great at creating them. Why? Because I was actually putting in the work & testing it rather than pondering/strategizing & waiting for stuff to happen. I used to copy & edit code from stackoverflow, GitHub, other people’s projects etc. Just to make my app work & function properly.
Luckily at that time (2012-2015), there weren’t as many apps & websites competing for traffic as compared to now. So even though my content wasn’t the best, it still drove traffic & I had a pretty good run. Even at that time, If I had not marketed my content properly, it wouldn’t have made a difference. I threw the dice & it worked.
In this day & age, it doesn’t matter how good you are, unless you are able to showcase your skills & create something that is useful & has an impact. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that you will get away by being mediocre in your field. I am just saying that even if you’re the best in your field BUT you don’t show up, you don’t put yourself out there – it won’t matter. Someone who perhaps doesn’t have the skillset that you have BUT isn’t afraid to test out his/her ideas will be far more successful.
Your ideas need to be validated. And the only way they can be validated is by putting them out there. The market will decide, the users will decide – the public will decide.
This is something I realized a while ago. You may be the best photographer, singer, dancer – but it won’t matter unless you showcase what you got to the world. The world will always value & reward those who actually take the pain & risk to showcase what they have.
No matter how great your skills are. It’s irrelevant if they are not seen.
No matter how great your ideas are. It doesn’t matter if they don’t see the light of day.
Execution is the name of the game. Throw the dice.