Not everything works out.
In fact, it’s common knowledge that things rarely go as planned.
It’s extremely tough to get projects going, and profiting. There are all kinds of obstacles from people not delivering things as promised, products not being what you thought they were or assumptions made about anything that might have been taken for granted.
Nothing will work though, if you give up on it.
It’s a common phrase among entrepreneurs that “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. You also fail at everything that you decide to give up on.
I’ve got so many failed and half started projects in my code library that it concerns me sometimes. I have given up on client projects and accepted failure when it’s for the betterment of myself or my company/client because some of them yes, have indeed failed, but none of my projects that I solely own are at a state I would consider “a failure“.
For example, my Klubcams project. This is a tough and consistently uphill battle. Klubcams has 0 clients, but the technology is completely ready to revolutionize how businesses connect with their customers. Some accuse this of being a failed start up but I beg to differ. It is at a point of continuous work. I am currently actually working on rebranding the technology, to something that is not so limited to bars and clubs. I’m also currently working on the marketing solutions for the project (a blog, landing pages, better UIs and info). This work is mostly behind the scenes, so the project itself yes, is quiet. But I assure you, it is far from failed. These commits don’t make themselves 😉
When I was 18 I made a robust web crawler with a UI for a local book student book store. This application on command would crawl Amazon, eBay/Half.com, AbeBooks.com, and TextbookRush.com. It would collect information for each ISBN/book stored in their inventory and prepare an organized/interactive report on a single page. They also had pages to manage and upload their inventory data. I designed my own account security and built it all in a summer between semesters. I made some money buy selling it to the book store, but failed at selling it to anyone else, even the book store I made it for only used the thing maybe 5 or 6 times throughout the year. There were simply, a large list of things wrong with the design of the project, the usability of the UI and the general appeal of the product as a whole. This is still in my companies list of active projects being worked on, and is now referred to as the up and coming TextbookMonitor platform.
There are many more nowadays and I’ve been working on most my projects for years now. They are a the result of my output and expression throughout the years, and another example of me as a digital hoarder I guess. I sincerely enjoy making things, and I want them to be successful. Therefore, I can’t and won’t be giving up on them any time soon.