“What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.” -Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher
Most techy founders are obsessed about two things: product and money. There is a problem with this. If one focuses too much on the product, then it’s easy to miss out on building things that people actually want. If one focuses too much on the money, then it’s easy to make poor decisions for short term gains. Both obsessions lead to destruction.
What is the fresh founder supposed to be obsessed about then? In addition to being obsessed about your vision, a founder should also be obsessed with learning.
I know, it sounds cliche. It’s not. Running out of learning definitely is worse than running out of money. The most successful startups are composed of the fastest learners. The fastest learners tend to be the ones that move the fastest too. Go figure. And the most adaptable.
Not sure what you’re supposed to learn? Start making mistakes. Learning from your own mistakes is a good motivator. You can also learn from other people’s mistakes too. Eric Ries wrote a whole book about it.
Is your startup fail safe?