This post on r/startups resonates so much:
How many of us have felt like we can't get past the starting line. Or if we do it's not quite the 100mph we thought it would be when we came up with the idea. Or we don't seem to have raced ahead to $500k after 4 days like others tell us they did. So we immediately feel like we're not in the A team and perhaps our idea isn't right after all.
We hear a lot about imposter syndrome. But I have a theory that it is caused by too much info, too many opinions, too much feedback, too much "hey look at how successful I am" and ultimately, analysis paralysis of the whole flippin' lot.
I mentor a number of startup founders and early-stage creators and see it again and again with people who say they are stuck because they feel sucked in, for far too many hours a day, to forums like this. Listening to other people's ideas, successes and comments and never quite feeling they have got the magic formula that others seem to have.
There are some amazing people here and on other forums and a good number have seen great success. So they talk about it and give away lots of great tips. Others talk a great game too even if they haven't had the success. And we hang on every word of them all.
Others are selling their tips, with courses and other learning tools and aids. And we often feel like we cannot do without the course, a variant of FOMO, a fear that there is a golden nugget inside the course and it will set us on our road to fame and riches.
We all saw the 2 contradictory indiehackers.com threads last week discussing whether to build an audience first, or not. Both good views. Both got plenty of feedback. Both correct. Both wrong. The r/startups post I've linked to has got 97 comments in 1 day! And the most popular post in this group right now, on how to validate ideas, has 63 comments.
How the f(*& do we begin to digest all this feedback.
I suggest we don't!
We are all as good as the people selling courses and making the odd $20k here and $500k there. They have skills and they have great ideas. But they also got lucky and made some mistakes on their journey. There is no one perfect way to execute an idea.
But one thing's for sure, YOU are the only person who truly knows your idea. Your idea is not the same as others, so only you can make it happen. You might fail, but that is the game. If you want zero risk then go back to a 9-5 at BigCorp.
Yes take in some learning from the forums. But limit it and stop chasing the next thread to see if it has yet another opinion - it will. If we can scale back the listening for a moment and get on with our ideas then we can achieve success.
It's time to stop seeking the perfect game plan, reading AMA's and getting torn between 50 people giving 200 different viewpoints.
As my old college lecturer taught me many moons ago... JFDI