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When I first read his comment I was sure that I agreed, that we often start side projects without a plan or an agenda which make many of them "fail". Then I read yours and agreed once again. Why does everything have to be about "results." Then I realised that they question is not about either. Its about the motivation and the goal with the side project.

If the motivation is to try something new and the goal is to have fun. It does not matter if you do it for two years and then end up not doing it. But if the goal and the motivation for the side project is to start earning money on it or do start a business, then I think he is right. Then they need well defined goals, a plan and an agenda to succeed.

So it is all about the reason you do it.

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