Really focussing on the core business is the most important requirement for startup success. Becoming an expert at fundraising should not be necessary.
Companies rarely fail because they didn't raise money - they fail because they didn't build something people wanted.
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Tactics should not be ignored. However, a business isn't going to fail because it had poor tactics. A business with a great product will do fine with common tactics.
A successful business will have both great products and tactics. But it's 80/20, where the fundamentals of building something great is 80% and the tactics and metrics that drive another 20%.
1. We feel like we’re not making progress.
2. We’re not sure where to start.
3. We’re afraid of failing.
4. We dislike the task itself
One of the best ways to get information is not from just being better at searching Google, it’s from learning how to build a network and get the information you need through that network.
This network should include people’s lessons learned and hacks, topics that are too sensitive to talk about because they make someone look bad, and tacit knowledge (knowledge that people have but aren’t able to articulate).
Setbacks help you get stronger and are part of your journey to value yourself and give your best contribution to the world.
Listen to your intuition and you will find a great life out there if you are willing to search for it.