I had the pleasure of playing golf twice this week with my 12yo and it is truly one of the most enjoyable things I get to do these days. Each time we play she grows in skill and confidence. When she gets a little stronger we’ll be pretty even, and if I don’t step up my consistently she will start beating me.

My 7yo likes to golf a little and has some natural ability. I don’t know if golf will be her thing like it is for her sister, but I do want to find something we can do together. I know some people rightly criticize golf for how long it takes, but when those hours our spent with your daughter there isn’t much that can compare.

There have been a lot of bytes spilt on the plight of independent developers in the iOS App Store on blogs(here, here, here, here, and here are a small sample) and podcasts (here, here, and here). I followed this conversation with great interest because I hope to create a healthy side business developing iOS apps.

I gathered a lot of useful information that I may comment on in future posts, but the two most valuable lessons I found were to not invest too much time on the 1.0 (Ninety Days) and to expect a long road (Five Hard Lessons Learned from Unread). I really see the value of getting a reasonable first pass out to the market so others can see your vision and tell you if your onto something or they just don’t see the value. Then once you are onto something, the goal of a sustainable business is still a long way off with a lot of work in between. I’m fine with that. I can put in the work.

My family went away for the week and while I had prepared to golf a bunch with my daughter, the weather decided to constantly precipitate. Since I had to stay inside, I decided to do some Swift programming and learn SpriteKit. I’m going through Building iOS Games with Sprite Kit and converting the examples to Swift (Sorry, couldn’t resist the pull of efficiency). But let me be honest, even if it weren’t raining, I’d find a way to sneak in some programming.

When I listen to people talk about being successful my mind starts to jump around because I see so many layers to the idea of success that one word doesn’t capture it all for me.

Achieving a Goal

If I make a million (M) dollars next year am I a success? What if my expenses were 2M and my goal was 4M? What if my goal was 1M, but I had to lie to make all those sales? What if my goal was 1M but I had to focus so much on that goal that it lead to a divorce? What if my goal was 1M, but the product was a gag gift and didn’t add anything meaningful to people’s lives?

As you get into more abstract ideas like successful businesses, families, churches, etc. The lines on which you measure success multiply and make it more difficult to determine if you’ve achieved it or not. Also, the lines between success in one area cross and conflict with success in other areas.

Giving up on success

I think I’m pretty close to giving up on the idea of being successful. The idea that I can think or feel like I’ve arrived at some point where I am successful just doesn’t make sense to my current way of thinking. Success is for someone else and that doesn’t bother me in the least. Sure I will set and achieve goals and I will reach milestones, but will always take a back to seat to serving those who God has placed before me.

What is the value of doing what you can? Probably not your best work, but making an effort. I’m writing this after driving 4 hours. It’s not a long or profound post. I wouldn’t even call it a good post, but it is satisfying in that it is keeping my momentum going. It’s always been pretty easy to say this work isn’t going to be very good so I’ll just skip it today. Then that day turns into a couple days or weeks and I’ll have completely lost any rhythm. It’s probably just better to consistently put in the work without regard to the quality of any specific moment. I’ll just keep iterating and improving.