Last night I was working on an outline for an online course on building a startup. The intention behind the course is to remove the confusion and intimidation that comes with starting a startup, and it was my hope that by explaining how the different aspects of a startup come together and inter-relate (design and testing an idea, funds and whether to hire in-house vs outsource, etc), aspiring startup founders can better navigate the startup space.
But as I was about to head to sleep a thought occurred to me:
"Am I exposing startup founders to too many ideas that are irrelevant for the stage they are in? Am I showing them the entire staircase, which might overwhelm them from taking the first step, and then the next?"
@basilesamel's post touched on this exact apprehension that I was experiencing. He wrote:
If I knew right from the beginning how tough making your own startup is, it's highly probable I would have been discouraged. Knowledge can be overwhelming, sometimes it's best to just chase an opportunity by rushing headfirst.
And in speaking with startup founders I've heard a very similar sentiment: they were simply pursuing a passion or a curiosity or an opportunity, and didn't take into account how difficult the journey would be going forward.
What matters isn't what we know, but what we apply.
If what we know is overwhelming, then knowledge becomes a curse instead of a blessing.
Which is why it's so important that educational resources blend an explanation with the theoretical "landscape" and offer the practical "pathway" to navigate that space.
What should readers/viewers do next? How can they apply their learnings? What is the next step to focus on and what concerns to ignore for now?