Why should you stop ignoring the problem?… About a month and a half ago, I disappeared completely, I did not participate at all on social media, I did not reply to messages, I could not communicate with almost anyone except for a very limited number with very few exceptions, all of this was part of a practice called Ghosting that I was doing for a long time in stages Small in order to increase my productivity for small periods such as two days, a week or a maximum of two weeks, what I want to do for a month and a half continuous!.
Why should you stop ignoring the problem!?
As a result of this experience, and the month and the text of countries, in particular, I can say that they were the most productive in the Al-Sanabi relative, with a wide difference than the rest of the year. God willing, soon I will explain all the details of the experience, its dimensions, and the negatives before the positives in detail and in a practical way as usual, but for now I would like to share an important lesson that I learned during this experience, this lesson is to stop ignoring the problem.
How to stop ignoring problems?
Recently, while I was working on one of the projects that I was implementing, at the stage of the beginning of any startup or a new product, it must be preceded by a process to determine its full dimensions with assumptions and expectations in order to avoid losing time, effort and even financial resources in creating it and then being surprised that it is not appropriate, this process in companies Young people use Lean Canvas as it focuses more on the problem, solutions and results, unlike the Business Model Canvas, which focuses on activities and resources (I recommend you to read The Lean Startup book (affiliate link) if you are interested and want to know more about the importance of this process).
This time was the seventh time I’ve used Lean Canvas, and every time I’ve had a problem, the problem is that all the templates available for it are in PDF, PowerPoint, or Excel in some cases, and basically they’re made to be printed in a large size and hung on the Whiteboard for the team. They all work on it with Sticky Notes, and after they finish, they take a photo and add these details in a PDF file or something similar.
In addition to the fact that this method has become unsuitable for the current circumstances because many companies have turned because they operate completely remotely, but for me as a solopreneur, this process is all an additional job that consumes resources and time without any real value because the process is not as important as the importance of the result (I hope you read this sentence once again). Outside the framework of my current words) This means that it is better to work on it digitally from the beginning, and here the problem begins to appear, which is that all the available formats for the template are not designed for digital work in the first place! And the solutions available like Strategyzer and CNVS lack very important features such as responsiveness and ease of adding and modifying, so every time the experience of working with digital was difficult and tiring, but this was the available method anyway.
But this time there was a different need, which is that when I first started adding the first hypothesis in the Lean Canvas, I said no, definitely in a better way than the current method. I have to do it myself, after thinking I found that the best solution to the problem would be by adding the Lean Canvas for Notion, which I had indicated is one of the 10 most important tools I use in managing my entire life because it actually provides solutions to all the problems I was facing.
After making sure that it can be implemented and building the minimum viable product from the idea (or as it is known in the world of Startups as Minimum Viable Product or MVP), I shared the problem and asked if it was facing another limit and I was surprised by dozens of people facing the same problem! Here, I shared the initial solution with 10 entrepreneurs and asked them to try it and use it instead of the current formula and provide a feed pack to work on developing it. I was surprised that all of them said that it was really a better solution and helped them greatly, including those who shared it with their owners, and the feed pack was great from their point of view.
After I made some improvements the next day, I shared the templates for free in order to help solve the problem for more entrepreneurs who suffer from the same problem, and what happened is that 5 days after its launch, more than 500 people and 6 startups – and to my surprise – two companies used them. Venture Capital Firms and quite a few of them decided to pay for it even though it was free! The numbers may not be tempting, of course, but they are – as modest as they may be – enough to confirm that this solution was better for a good number of people (based on the feedback I collected personally).
You may find this experience inspiring, you may see it purely by chance, you may find it very ordinary or even completely useless, but for me, this experience represents a very important lesson that I learned, which is the goal of sharing the story from the beginning.
The lesson is that the two most important obstacles that cause you to not be able to notice and detect problems are:
Your acceptance of the status quo, and your satisfaction with the best solution available at the moment despite its inability to meet your needs.
Your ignoring the problems you are going through is the real problem in your inability to notice them and provide solutions to them.
I am fully aware that this talk, in theory, is very easy and convenient, but the application remains more difficult than you expect, so here are the practical steps that you can follow to achieve it in 4 steps:
Ask yourself if the current solution is the best possible solution? Does it meet all my needs?
If the answer to the first question is “No,” ask yourself, what would be a better solution to the problem?
If you have an answer to the second question, ask yourself, am I able to build this solution myself?
If the answer to the third question is “no”, ask yourself who can implement the solution better and share your idea with him, but if the answer is “yes” here, you will have many questions before you start implementing these questions and they are the ones you answer in the Lean Canvas.
- An example of a fourth step. Before I started sharing the idea, I had 3 questions (hypotheses):
Is this going to be a better solution and anyone else can use it? (The result of the experiment was yes).
If someone else used it, would he be interested in paying for it? (The result of the experiment was yes).
If someone is really interested in paying for this solution, can he pay how much? (The result of the experiment was $5).