The Real Problem

March 18, 2007

I was reading this post by del.icio.us founder Joshua Schacter about what to do and what not to do when starting a web company and this snippet really caught my attention:

Don’t look for problems you don’t have, because someone else who is passionate about it will solve it better than you can.

After reading this I realized that I spend a lot of my time trying to come up with problems to solve. I so desperately want to start a company that I compulsively brainstorm for ideas. Even after I’ve committed to spending the summer working for other startups and gaining experience before I take the reins, I can’t stop trying to come up with ideas.

Maybe now that someone else has said that such an approach is futile I’ll be able to stop. Hopefully. Sometimes I just wish there were a big problem in my life that I could solve. On the brightside, since I can’t come up with an idea, there must not be any big problems in my life! That’s not to say that there aren’t big problems worth solving out there, just that my worldview is extremely limited as a sophomore in college.

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