After listening to many of the Indie Hackers / YCombinator / How I Built This / etc. podcast interviews, a common theme is that there are many viable paths to growing a successful business. The general advice on how to take advice is to project what other people have learned onto your unique context in a way that makes sense in your own head.
This leads to consuming a large number of case studies from successful founders across a wide context. All these case studies are very useful to understand in depth, but I think it could also be interesting to see all the takeaways abstracted / synthesized into a single frame.
I imagine this looking something like a business model playbook that illustrates the common patterns used by successful companies that are backed by concrete examples.
For example, seeing the different strategies people used before they could pay themselves (e.g. only work nights / weekends, save up $50K then work full time, get into an incubator, etc.). Then list the companies that employed each strategy to success and share a bit about their context. Or a section on distribution patterns (e.g. what types of products work well via word-of-mouth, other types that lend well to using social media influencers, etc.). This list could go on for a while but basically what I'm looking for is something kind of like the bootstrapped company version of Universal Principles of Design.
Has anybody ran into any resources that align with this general idea?