The 5-Year App

Today 5 years ago I launched an app called DidThis. I built it with a couple of friends. It was a work of love & passion. We were trying to help people live healthier lives with technology.  We encouraged people to publicly post their health success stories. I poured two years of my life into that app.

We launched it, it didn’t take off, we shut it down. Life went on with all its ups & downs. But a thought kept lingering in my mind: 

“We sure were onto something.”

I kept tinkering in my free time. I talked to people. Built prototypes. I kept saying to myself: “There’s got to be a better way to help people form healthy habits.” 

So I kept searching. Stumbling really. Trying different things. Different technologies: websites, email, apps, wearables. Different ways of motivating people: sticks & carrots, accountability. Nothing stuck. Then something changed. I met someone.

That someone made me realise Karl friggin’ Marx was right about this one thing:

“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.” - Karl Marx

It’s pretty simple. People matter. Especially when you’re trying to form healthy new habits. People who inspire you. People who keep you accountable. People who’ll kick your ass for being lazy. People who forgive when you need to be forgiven.

It’s simple: “To build healthy habits, first surround yourself with good people.” And I’m building an app for that. It’s called FitChat. And it took me 5 years to build.