launched Product Lessons
on Product Hunt last month — a collection of over 80 actionable lessons to help you accelerate your career.
As one of our March Maker Grant recipients
, we spoke to Linda to get her insights on the transition to being a maker and creator, and to hear what’s next for Product Lessons.On becoming a maker: Making is a learned mindset.
“I’ve been a long-time lurker on Product Hunt so to be featured in this way is incredible.
When COVID started, I was looking for a side project. The easiest thing was to start sharing my experience as an early PM at a hypergrowth startup: lessons learned, mistakes made, the good bad and ugly. I soon learned that there were a lot of people eager to get actionable, real-world examples to help navigate their product careers. Rather than just featuring my own writing, I built a categorized library of 80+ resources updated weekly.
Making is a learned mindset. I never expected to be a maker, I was a corporate suit for most of my life! Very honored and honestly surprised to be selected. Glad I finally summoned the courage to launch.”On getting started: Pick a game you enjoy playing.
“The first step I took in Product Lessons was to claim a Substack handle and started writing in private to “find my voice”. I wanted to test the waters first to see if I would actually like the process - and I did!
Then I quit my job and turned down other offers like Instagram to be a full-time maker. It was hard to walk away from cushy roles and feel like I was getting off the “career elevator” for total unpredictability. But I knew I needed to give this a real shot or I would regret it big time
Some days will suck. Words of wisdom for Makers looking to get started? Try to pick a game you enjoy playing because you win no matter what happens.”On sticking with it: Be your own renewable energy.
“Making things, then hearing from readers and customers is the most gratifying thing. In a company (even a startup!) it’s hard to know if you’re really making a difference. But in the wilderness of the internet, you get real feedback loops that tie directly to what you do.
Making long-term progress is as much about driving outcomes for your customer as it is about managing your own psychology. It’s a mental game. You need to be your own renewable energy. Good things happen when you keep showing up!”On what’s next:
“My next steps for Product Lessons are to turn it into the best content destination for people who want to accelerate their careers!