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Don't just build things, help people

Ritu Pant

From the page: Building things for the sake of building things is like playing with Legos: it is great for learning the trade and exercising creativity, but the results will inevitably be hit and miss. When you make something to learn or for the pleasure of creating it, do not expect someone else to need it.

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  • Ben Goldhirsh

    thanks for sharing this Ritu. Pretty interesting perspective this guy shares. I think there is a lot of merit to it, but I also think it misses a really crucial piece of the puzzle - joy. If you build just what you think offers the potential to respond to others wants, but not your own, than you're out on a limb. If they dig it, great, you're winning. If they don't, you bust. If you build for something you need, than you at least get the satisfaction of having that want to navigate from. If it turns out that others don't share your want - you've got a hobby vs a business, but I'd still take that path ahead of just trying to optimize a market hole. Where does your business fall on this spectrum?

    • Ritu Pant

      I agree with your perspective. As far as my own business goes, I think we are definitely filling a need but I don't think it's a need yet recognized by many.

      With any business, my advice to anyone would be to go for it. It's a lot easier to know that you tried and failed rather than wonder "what if I had tried."

      • Ben Goldhirsh

        yup. I'd also add that you often don't know what you need to know until you're in the thick of it. too often you see people choose to not move forward because of question marks, rather than dive in, see what the real questions are, and then try to learn, iterate, and go.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Really interesting way of thinking about creativity. I always think of the practicalities behind objects. I don't like presents that are not useful. But, like art, something built can be appreciated for it's beauty, or the craft that went into it.