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How do you stick to a startup idea and stop changing your mind?

Hi,

I have a new startup idea everyday. I keep going back and forth between ideas. I can't commit.

Something keeps taking me back to the one I started with but as soon as someone suggests a better idea, I jump at that idea.

How do I make a choice and not look back?

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Michael Brill
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Michael Brill Entrepreneur
Technology startup exec focused on AI-driven products
Ritalin.
Aaron Glinski
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Aaron Glinski Entrepreneur
Digital Marketing Specialist at Vinyl Interactive
Sometimes I face the same problem. I do three things that help me commit:
  1. Validate each of the ideas by pitching the ideas to my mentors. Getting feedback from them helps.
  2. Evaluate the resources necessary to make the ideas successful.
  3. Survey a group of people to validate the best idea.
Once you got your idea. Stick with it and make it successful before you move to the next idea. I hope that helps.
Craig Merry
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Craig Merry Entrepreneur
CEO/Founder of Beacon Safety Co. and Operations Coordinator at Purple Communications, Inc.
Stick with one "theme" or something that really really interests you or are passionate about. For me, it's been - how would I want to solve this problem other people like me have? Talk to other people. Release a product cheaply. Etc
Lane Campbell
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Lane Campbell Advisor
Lifelong Entrepreneur
Find an idea to serve a big enough market that you don't get bored because the challenge is big enough. Then work hard every day to make that idea a success. Worked for me.
Gopi Mattel
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Gopi Mattel Advisor
Director, Chennai Area at The Founder Institute
This is a hard problem. The tongue-in-cheek answer of "Ritalin" can actually provide one answer. If you normally have a hard time making decisions among multiple choices ( as in restaurants), then it maybe a fundamental problem of personality and may require some analysis and treatment.

A second answer is to make an irrevocable commitment to one idea. Such as spending a bunch of money on website/cards etc. Assuming that the ideas are not initial ideas but have gone through some amount of assessment, one choice may be as good as another.

Third: I built a simple spreadsheet to help founders rank their ideas. But it will still require discipline to stick with the top choice. I could not attach a screenshot, since it seems allow only URLs. You can create your own OR connect with me to get the original.


Don Chartier
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Don Chartier Entrepreneur
Founder, HourVoice
A theory -- It's possible that your original idea is pretty seductive on the surface, and then you dig deeper and realize it's not that compelling. Something else comes up that seems more attractive, and you jump on it. In the meantime, you forget why the first idea wasn't so brilliant, and go back to it once the challenges of the second idea become apparent.

So, next time you leave your first idea, write down why. Then tape that note up on the wall so that next time you're tempted to go back to it, you won't.

I hope you don't have the same problem with bad boyfriends...

Also, building on another answer is a "commitment mechanism". I've told everybody I meet that I'm doing "X", so that now if I change my mind, I'm going to have to explain why I gave up. I've put more pressure on myself to stick with it unless and until I'm forced to stop.
Karan Rai
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Karan Rai Entrepreneur
Founder at Startup, E-commerce Entrepreneur ◆ Fashion & Beauty Writer ◆ Fashion Stylist
Thank you for all your advice. That's so helpful!
Varun Mehta
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Varun Mehta Entrepreneur
CEO of Disqovery
This is the easiest and most exciting part of your journey. If you can't focus on any one idea now, what will happen when you're knee deep in the trough of sorrow? How will you stick with it then?

If you feel this way right now, it likely means none of your ideas resonate enough with you personally. Opportunity size, market validation, and everything else are all useless if you aren't excited enough to focus from day one.
Donald V Steward
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Donald V Steward Entrepreneur
Owner, Problematics LLC
Most startup ideas are Me Too. There is a lot of crowding in the Me Too space. There are a lot on matching what some people have that other people would like to have. Do any of your ideas escape this rut?

I have an idea that escapes this rut that I have been developing for two decades. My problem is that angles and VCs don't have any imagination needed to escape that rut.
Parthiban Rajendran
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Parthiban Rajendran Entrepreneur
Associate Project Manager at Bosch
Me too suffering from similar syndrome ofte
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