Building startups out of real pains and problems

Where are you searching for ideas or innovations? The best ones come out of real problems or real pain – things that you feel or face everyday.

I’m not saying these are the ideas or innovations that you should pursue, it’s just the way I roll.

To me, If it’s something that I will use personally then I will put all my effort into making it an excellent product. I never build just for the sake of building.

If you ask me, there is nothing truly new in the world. It’s really just a mash-up of all the things that provide different perspectives – that allow you to think or do something in a completely different way. You just have to keep your eyes and ears open to the things that are driving you crazy.

For proof, check out my startup companies. You will see that they are all things that I use. They are pains that I or someone that I care about have felt at one point or another and because of this we put together startup companies to solve these problems.

What are you working on? Is it a real problem or pain of your’s? Or is it just some shit that you’re building just to build. Go for the latter if you want to succeed.

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Get Started Startup Journaling

Are you a journaler? What do you journal about? Life, challenges, family, relationships, thoughts, feelings, emotions, etc? These are the things most people journal about.

Journaling is one of the better decisions you will ever make in your life. It allows you to reflect on your day, process things, and take a hard look at ways you can better yourself.

How about startup journaling? Have you considered it?

If you are an entrepreneur looking to start your first venture or maybe your second, third, fourth, fifth…. you should start startup journaling. This too will be one of the better decisions you will make.

Here is what you do. Each night before bed, take some time to list the gaps and anomalies you noticed that day. What did you see that can be better, changed, or evolved? Why has something remained the same for so many years? What problems can you potentially solve? Was there something that day that really just pissed you off to the point you were like, why has this not happened? These are the things you need to jot down. And the key here is not to write about big startup ideas (Google, Facebook, Twitter), but rather just the things you see and want to better understand.

Don’t be like so many people and sit around trying to come up with the next big startup idea when right in front of you could be a brilliant disruptive idea that you can get started on today.

Now grab a journal and start tonight.


Grab a pen and paper and go to work

Sometimes you just have to grab a pen and paper and go to work. I think we’ve become so accustomed to using tools that we have forgotten the value and efficiency of a simple pen and paper.

Simple is always better – that’s a fact.

The best approach to building an idea starts with sitting down with a trusty pen and paper or at a Think Table (Like that plug didn’t ya) and sketching out your thoughts and ideas.

A blank canvas or lots of white space provides this place to think different and generate lots of ideas quickly without any restraints. You can also explore other options and variations without any real risks – you can just throw it all out their and start to visualize something amazing.

While complex technology programs are great for putting the finishing touches on something, they’re not the quickest way to start the ideation process.

Here’s the question: Are you making things to difficult by pulling up another program when you could just be sitting down and starting to explore?

There is a simpler way. Try it. Use it. Go.


Question for you today?

Here’s my question for you today. Are you taking actions each day to push your ideas forward? Or, are “you” holding back your ideas?

Ideas don’t hold back ideas – well, I guess then can, but not in this case. What holds back ideas are the people who push these ideas forward – believe me, several of my ideas have been held back because of me.

If you ever want to see your ideas move forward, you better get a grip on yourself. The worst thing you can do is not take the time necessary to develop self-awareness, discipline, and confidence – the things you need to push your ideas forward.

Please, do yourself a favor and not hold back your ideas.


What else causes people to hold back their ideas and not push them forward? Add your comments below.

Are you testing and tuning your ideas?

Henry Ford said, “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”

Failure is important if you ever want to achieve your ultimate goal. Even though its often not supported, it’s key. You have to test and tune. You have to take trial an error seriously. Just think, everything in life is pretty much trial and error: relationships, children, startups, careers.

You have to get out there and test and tune your ideas.

We use to test and tune our motorcycles for days, weeks, months even before we got them to a point where we were comfortable with them. You have to do the same thing with your ideas. Test and tune them out, pivot them – the goal is to get your idea to a point where you feel good and strong about it.

Share your ideas and get people’s feedback as soon as possible. The longer you work on an idea, the more attached you will become. Thus, you need to get feedback right away before you’re married to an idea that sucks – you don’t want to married to bad idea. It would be like being married to a crazy wife.

Testing and tuning ideas provides great information – whether they come to fruition or not. Actually, the failed ones teach you more than the ones that go on to work – you find the things that don’t work or that you don’t want to pursue. Nobody really wants to fail, but to find those nuggets and to get your idea tuned up and in shape you need to be willing to test and fail.


Are you testing and tuning your ideas? What is your process for this?



The Do’s and Don’ts to Making Stuff and Things Happen

1. Don’t make it so difficult to brainstorm a good idea. It’s not that hard. Simply.

2. Stop forming boards and committees that wreck ideas and projects. If your board or committee is not adding value and challenging you to draw outside the lines and take risks, then get rid of it.

3. Make your team lean and mean so that you can actually get shit done. The more people, the more time, the less stuff and things you will be able to get done.

4. Don’t make products that suck. Make products that knock people’s socks off. Make stuff people really want. Make stuff that changes people lives.

5. Get stuff done…..on time. If you have to work around the clock to get it done, then that is just what you have to do. It is what it is. Deal with it.

6. Put time pressure on yourself and your team. Put in place deadlines. Sometimes make it urgent. All of these things will drive you to get more done.


What would you add? What is on your list of do’s and don’ts? 


Face it, your idea sucks, and it’s time to move on

I have a message for you: Face it, your idea sucks, and it’s time to move on.

Stop placing ideas in the same class as relationships. Relationships are things that are built to last forever, ideas, they just come and go.

If you’re holding onto your idea to tightly, and it’s serious failing, it’s time to let it go. It’s time to move on and put it behind you – the facts are right there. Get over it. The idea probably wasn’t that cool anyways.

See, things like relationships and marriages you stick out forever. No matter what, you stick them out. Yes, the good times, the bad times, and all the time. You make a commitment and you fight to stay together – thick and thin baby.

Ideas on the other hand, you don’t stick them out. If an idea is failing, you bag it and move onto a new idea.

Don’t let your fear of moving on hold you back from pursuing a new idea. You will find another idea and it will be way sexier than the last one. If it was your first one, that’s cool, just remember it that way. Learn from  it, figure out what you can do better, and get pumped up about the next idea!

Please, for your own sake, don’t sit there any longer weeping like a damn baby. Get over it and move on.


How about you?

Do you have trouble moving on with new ideas?



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