Throughout this list, you’ll see this mentality being played out. From WeWork to Buffer to Hubspot, Imgur, and Oculus, they were all started by founders who weren’t 100% confident in what they were doing, but decided to do it anyways.
When you’re running a company it can be easy to get tunnel vision. You’re so sure of what’s going on in the world and that you’re building something for them that you forget to take a step back and listen. But some of the most successful side projects came from listening to what users, and the market wanted and then building something just for them.
“For many people, changing course is also a sign of weakness, tantamount to admitting that you don’t know what you are doing. This strikes me as particularly bizarre — personally, I think the person who can’t change his or her mind is dangerous. Steve Jobs was known for changing his mind instantly in the light of new facts, and I don’t know anyone who thought he was weak.”- Ed Catmull in Creativity Inc.