December 19, 2019

Does learning from other successful founders stories help us?


Hi IH,

I found this quote when I was learning an article "Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own."

What do you think?

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    Only if you meet them in person or have some personal relation to them. Some random story on the net helps you to procrastinate, nothing more. Founders never reveal real insights/growth hacks in public content, only if the hacks are not working anymore. In private convos they let a lot out.

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    Reading other peoples stories inspire me, I learn from them and basically just makes me feel good :-)

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    knowledge can be divided into "what you know", "what you don't know" and "what you don't know that you don't know"
    It's easy to find answers to "what you don't know" and it's useful, you'd be ignorant not to use that in some way... (sometimes the way is not to learn it but pay to someone who does know it and it's just as good if not better..)

    "what you don't know that you don't know" that's usually the part you won't solve without unfolding your own.
    You can study your entire life and still not uncover most of it.

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    For me, yes!

    Learning from other founders, the things they do, the challenges they've had, the successes and failures have all been key to helping me develop ideas to develop my own business.

    I would often take little ideas here and there and see if they would apply to my business.

    I use to listen/learn to a lot of things from Pat Flynn and Mixergy back in the day :)

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    I never try to emulate any one else's journey, but I love reading stories of other founders to see what sorts of roadblocks they experienced during their journeys.

    Most importantly, I try and learn from the mistakes they made, or to try and find out what NOT to do based on their experience. There are so many pitfalls on this founder journey that sometimes you just don't know what you don't know until someone else points it out to you.

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    I learn a lot and I'm able to copy their approaches for my own business.

    It is how I got to top 400 on PH. The idea itself isn't unique there are many landing page collection sites, however combining that with my current experience allowed me to build something that the market wanted.

    So make sure to take action no matter how small as you can combine that with your learnings, otherwise reading stories is just for entertainment.

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    I'm sure it provides a tiny bit of educational value. Personally, I think it's more for motivation.

    I'd agree with that quote from my experience. Learning by doing is far more effective and faster.

    To fill in any remaining gaps, I've leaned on reading lots of books, watching YC Startup School courses, and Paul Graham essays.