January 2016 by Giacomo 'Peldi' Guilizzoni

Do the Time

This is a guest post by Giacomo 'Peldi' Guilizzoni. Peldi is the founder and CEO of Balsamiq, makers of Balsamiq Mockups - the rapid wireframing software that combines the simplicity of paper sketching with the power of a digital tool so that teams can focus on what's important.

People think that you have to be young in order to do great things. They tell you that »people in their twenties come up with the best ideas«. I disagree.

A lot of first-time entrepreneurs are in their 40s or older. A much safer path is to join a well-established company you look up to and move up the ranks gradually, year after year, until you plateau. You’ll be surrounded by people more experienced than yourself, you’ll be able to take risks and have small failures in a sheltered environment, you’ll learn everything there is to know and you’ll be building a network of contacts in the process.

When you notice that you’re teaching way more than you’re learning, that’s a good sign that you might be ready to take the leap. Any skill worth knowing takes time to master. Do the time.