Passionate idea people are beautiful. The dreams and the excitement are contagious.
And most of those dreams and visions go nowhere.
We can see the big end goal, the helping of thousands of underserved people. There’s an image of our firm with people all across the world, or our software platform linking thousands of buyers and sellers, or shipping 1,000 units per month of our new cool gadget.
But what stands between the grand vision and today’s current reality? More often than not it’s one customer that’s not your mother or your friend.
Once one customer comes in the door and they are delighted, a second and third come along. Now you’ve started a real entity. Money is coming in, money is going out, and most importantly people are being served.
You may be losing money every month, and that’s OK. When you know how to find people that want your thing and people to pay for it (those that pay and those that use are not always the same), you can work out the details later.
For any of this to happen requires a first revenue generating user. Then a second and a third until a sustainable financial model is developed.
All of this is to say that we need to walk before we can run. Our vision may be helping thousands per year. To help thousands, someone has to be first, and second, and third…
There is simply no getting around this paradigm. To have something big, you have to start with a first user. To become an adult, you have to start as a child.
Can you get one user for your thing? If you can, do it and put all the rest of the noise on hold. The other issues will be there when you get back.