When you have a deep desire to create something (a startup, an art project, a book), it’s easy to be stuck forever in the planning rabbit hole. The analysis paralysis.
Ask me because that’s what I have been struggling with all my previous product ideas.
I would spend days and weeks debating whether an idea was worth it or not without taking action. But recently I strongly decided, I would become a maker. Even if it meant shipping bad or mediocre web products because I wanted to value doing more than dwelling.
With that in mind, 20 days ago, I had an idea for a simple tool. But this time unlike all the previous instances where I delayed taking action, I figured I’ll just build it myself. I’m not a software developer (just a product nerd!) but I am aware of a few DIY online resources that are available for makers. So I challenged myself to turn this idea into reality in under a week and ship it. And I am so GLAD to say I just did it.
HERE’S THE PITCH:
Do Things That Don’t Scale, a collection of unscalable startup hacks crowdsourced from real founders.
My favorite part about this experiment is that I had been dwelling on an another idea for weeks and it simply wasn’t piquing my interest. One morning, I was riding a local train and this new idea suddenly occurred to me. And seemed pretty interesting. So I just built it. The old me would have never have the courage to build/ship something on my own but this "maker mindset" pushed me forward.
I shared the tool with the Product Hunt community on Nov 14 and it soon reached to the #1 spot for the day and closed 1000+ upvotes. Here's the link.
I would love to hear your feedback/comments and please share this if you think others in your network might find value in it. Thank you.