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by • September 21, 2011 • Lean startup metaComments Off38

Lean startup fatigue is a first world problem

Lean startup is a robust approach to running a business, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to our daily minutia. It’s got terrific foundations which are surprisingly simple, and the mind tends to wander, so we’ve driven ourselves into pedantry. A few months back, I raised my fist to the sky to boldly (and incorrectly) declare that I was out. Similarly, some folks last week were announcing their “lean startup fatigue.”

Lean startup fatigue is a first world problem[1]. It means you have absorbed the important information and that any new data is nearly guaranteed to be rife with the trivial.

So I was feeling a bit uppity, and then I talked to “normal” business guy: very sharp, extremely good career, now starting a company. The startup-specific knowledge gap was amazing. You don’t realize how much value lean startup delivers until you have a chance to talk to someone who hasn’t encountered it at all.

The questions that had been keeping him awake at night were simple to address, but it’s not obvious until someone tells you. Steve and Eric and Alex have told us how it works. Ideas like actionable metrics are not intuitive for most people. Lean has given us a toolbox which previously had to be independently discovered by the very best.

So if you’re suffering from lean startup fatigue: be happy. Take it as a sign that you’re ready to step away from the internet, stop listening and learning, and begin putting all that energy toward building your company. You’ll know what to do.

[1] First world problems, as in: “I ate too much food for lunch and now I’m tired” or “I want to read in the bathtub but I’m afraid my book would electrocute me.” Get your first world fix at /r/firstworldproblems.

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