Startups and indie hackers talk a lot about validating ideas. So much so, that I feel many indie hackers, especially those less experienced, get stuck. Often they can't seem to find, choose, or validate up with an idea.
This often, and sadly, means they fall and get stuck at the first hurdle.
Then I look back at my experience and have known for a long time that I never followed a process of validating an idea. As a consequence, I feel I often find it hard to guide or advise people along that validation route.
Yet, I made a success of a business, doing things differently. Why?
But then, as all good things do, it came to me.
I don't validate ideas, I validate visions.
I have to believe in the vision of where I'm heading. That there is space to grow. Money to be made. Important problems to be solved. The specific problem is not as important as keeping an open mind to the picture as a whole.
The problems will change over time and we should be open-minded to that. Have that as a mindset so that you can change when needed. Accept the lifecycle of humanity and businesses.
Sometimes I feel being so focused on the idea, it closes your mind to the possibilities. However, if you have a vision in mind it will naturally work those muscles of looking at things from many different and new angles.
When I did Ministry of Testing, my vision was to change the software testing industry. Ludricous thinking at the time. But it led me down a consistent path of stacking those bricks, maybe not wall bricks, but bricks for paths. Each week, each month, each year I learned more. I created multiple paths, and crossroads. I kept exploring. And trying new things. Forging new paths and opportunities, to find what works.
I don't think we've ever got to the stage that we know what this Ministry of Testing thing is. It is forever changing, according to my vision, to begin with, now it is the vision of someone else.
I'm now on a new path. One of indie hacking and community building.
I'm really not convinced about the product ideas I have. They change daily. I don't want to validate anything. Right now I'm more focused on the vision I have for the future.
Of course, validate an idea. If that is what you want.
I just want you to know, you can validate your vision too.
Choose the path that works for you. ❤️