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Apr 21, 2019 12:36:48

Re: On Ignorance

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Haider Al-Mosawi

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Last night I was working on an outline for an online course on building a startup. The intention behind the course is to remove the confusion and intimidation that comes with starting a startup, and it was my hope that by explaining how the different aspects of a startup come together and inter-relate (design and testing an idea, funds and whether to hire in-house vs outsource, etc), aspiring startup founders can better navigate the startup space.

But as I was about to head to sleep a thought occurred to me: 

"Am I exposing startup founders to too many ideas that are irrelevant for the stage they are in? Am I showing them the entire staircase, which might overwhelm them from taking the first step, and then the next?"

@basilesamel's post touched on this exact apprehension that I was experiencing. He wrote: 

If I knew right from the beginning how tough making your own startup is, it's highly probable I would have been discouraged. Knowledge can be overwhelming, sometimes it's best to just chase an opportunity by rushing headfirst. 

And in speaking with startup founders I've heard a very similar sentiment: they were simply pursuing a passion or a curiosity or an opportunity, and didn't take into account how difficult the journey would be going forward.

What matters isn't what we know, but what we apply.

If what we know is overwhelming, then knowledge becomes a curse instead of a blessing.

Which is why it's so important that educational resources blend an explanation with the theoretical "landscape" and offer the practical "pathway" to navigate that space.

What should readers/viewers do next? How can they apply their learnings? What is the next step to focus on and what concerns to ignore for now?

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    @haideralmosawi

    I would like to mention building a startup is first an introspective journey, but most incubators, startup schools, online programs etc. focus heavily on general know-how. In my opinion, it's a bit superficial. New schools of thought such as the Maker Movement move things forward by reintegrating renaissance humanism concepts: personal growth as a subject of focus, independence, social entrepreneurship...
    Maybe there is room for you to talk about those :)

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 21, 2019 17:00:28
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      @basilesamel Can you elaborate a bit more on how it's an introspective journey? I have a few sections on the founder (motivations, mindset, self-care), and I explain the importance of embracing uncertainty, the need for resilience. But I have a couple of concerns about introspection: entrepreneurs living inside their heads and, therefore, not engaging with reality, and being too self-obsessed that they don't care about their customers and team, but the vision they have for the startup.

      I usually explore the psychological aspect of entrepreneurship because I feel it's necessary to address. But I still need to strike a balance between self-exploration and value creation.

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Apr 21, 2019 21:05:55
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      @haideralmosawi

      It just hit me your book is probably more about startups close to/after P/M fit.

      This is true when you get traction on your product idea, but before that, you need to develop a strong introspection routine, ie what problem do I really want to dedicate to for the next 10 years of my life? You can't care about customers and teams if you don't have any :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 21, 2019 20:28:43
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      @basilesamel OK, I get it now. I address this in Motivations. :D

      Side note: It seems I'm not getting notifications for mentions/comments.

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | Apr 22, 2019 08:27:04
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