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Lenny's Podcast: Product | Growth | Career

Lessons on building product sense, navigating AI, optimizing the first mile, and making it through the messy middle | Scott Belsky (Adobe, Behance)

May 18, 2023
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Quick takeaways

  • Founders should evaluate their conviction in the problem they’re solving when facing challenges in their startup and consider pivoting if necessary.
  • To navigate the messy middle of building a startup, focus on making progress, set and celebrate micro milestones, and create a narrative around the team’s journey.

Deep dives

The Importance of Conviction in Building a Startup

When founders are facing challenges in their startup, it's crucial to evaluate their level of conviction in the problem and solution they are building. Founders with increased conviction despite setbacks are often encouraged to persevere, as they are likely experiencing the messy middle that is common in entrepreneurship. However, if founders find that their conviction has waned and they no longer believe in their solution, it may be time for them to consider pivoting or exploring new opportunities.

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