Last Updated on May 2, 2022 by Chin Yi Xuan

It took me almost a year to design and release No Money Lah (330 days, to be exact).

I was looking to build a slick & perfect website back then until I realize that there’s no way I could do it as an amateur.

As a result, I launched whatever on hand on 23rd September 2018. It served me well for almost 2 years until I gave it a slight (and still imperfect) visual and backend upgrade recently.  

Lesson #1: At the start of any endeavor, chase momentum, not perfection.

Homepage design (2018 vs 2020)

It took me a long time to think about what to write as my first blogpost on No Money Lah.

Back then, I was eager to write a blog post that’d become a hit on social media with likes and shares.

I was stuck with the ideal of writing the perfect first article. And with my mind totally blank, I eventually decided to write something, anything, and pushed it out.

Looking back, that first post was shit – but I am glad that I delivered.

Then, regardless of how I feel about my writings, I made it a point to deliver at least an article every week (okay, almost every week).

2 years & 90 imperfect articles later, I consistently have 13,000 – 20,000 blog views every month.

But that’s not the point.

The point is, it’s not about the number of views, likes, and shares anymore (I rarely keep track of ‘em). Writing has become a fulfilling routine of my life, and art that I enjoy sharing with my friends & readers on a weekly basis.

Lesson #2: Delivering at 80% consistently is still (much, much) better than struggling for 100% occasionally.

“When you first adopt the discipline of shipping (delivering), your work will appear to suffer. There’s no doubt that another hour, day, or week would have added some needed polish.

But over time – rather quickly, actually – you’ll see that shipping becomes part of the art and shipping makes it work.”

– Seth Godin (Linchpin)

So here’s the thing:

Lesson #3: Your first blogpost will suck. Your first video on YouTube will look and sound terrible. Your first public-speaking speech will be mediocre at best.

And heck, even your following attempts would be highly imperfect.

But by delivering at 80% consistently every time, you are allowing your ‘80%’ to eventually surpass your initial imaginary 100% that you have in mind.

Just start, and get going. The adventure would be so much fun and satisfying.

No Money Lah turns 2 today!

What an amazing 2-year journey!

Regardless if you have been a reader from the start, or just recently got to know my blog, thank you so much and I can’t wait to keep delivering interesting and useful content to you.

Here’s to more awesome years ahead!