(Comic) Lost in Translation: Do your Thoughts Need Subtitles?

 (Comic) Lost in Translation: Do your Thoughts Need Subtitles?

I had this amazing business idea for an online tool and a website.

It was so beautiful in my head – the functionality, the design, the value proposition – I could basically hear people banging on my door for access to it, and clogging up my servers to download it. Then I told people about it and my bubble burst.

Somehow my explanation didn’t do justice to the amazing product I envisioned. That’s ok, I thought, I’ll draw it!

Then I wrote about it and drew prototypes – and it just wasn’t what I had envisioned. It was close – but that grandeur wasn’t there. Finally, I started building it. 6 Months later it was NO WHERE near the vision in my head, nor what I explained to people, nor what I had drawn. Yes, it was an #entrepreneurfail.

The Morals of this Story

Firstly, entrepreneurs must have a vision, but you have to build from the ground up. You have to create simple ideas in your head and then grow them into reality to eventually become that vision. That’s why the idea of a minimally viable product (MVP) is so compelling. It forces you to remove all the bells and whistles and create a basic product to test all the consumption assumptions before wasting time.

As Tim Minchin attested in a recent graduation address:
“Just be aware that the next worthy pursuit will probably appear in your periphery. Which is why you should be careful of long-term dreams. If you focus too far in front of you, you won’t see the shiny thing out the corner of your eye.”

The other moral of the story is that entrepreneurs often overlook the importance of crystal clear communication. Each thought, word, piece of writing, sketch, bit of code, and prototype all must have cohesion, otherwise it is very confusing for potential customers. The best way to ensure consistency is to simplify and focus your thoughts to one concept, shaving the unnecessary pieces, and then sharing that concisely.

Have you fallen into this trap? Do your words match your vision, or are you disappointed with the translation? Let us know about it in the comments below.

If you enjoyed this comic, sign up on #entrepreneurfail to get more!

321 COMMENTS

  1. Good day! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog. Is it hard to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? With thanks

  2. Частные дома из двух и более этажей, а также многоуровневые квартиры давно перестали считаться роскошью. Сегодня многие обладатели недвижимости ценят удобство и комфорт. Традиционно для организации переходов между этажами используют лестничные конструкции разных типов. Лестницы для дома монтируют в соответствии с разработанными проектами и чертежами. Их разработка должна быть выполнена еще на этапе строительства дома. Такой порядок работы гарантирует соблюдение всех необходимых норм, правил и стандартов, а также позволяет построить удобную и безопасную лестницу в доме.

  3. Whats up very cool web site!! Guy .. Excellent .. Superb .. I will bookmark your site and take the feeds also¡KI am happy to seek out numerous useful information right here in the submit, we need work out extra strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  4. Hiya, I am really glad I have found this info. Today bloggers publish only about gossip and web stuff and this is really frustrating. A good blog with interesting content, that is what I need. Thank you for making this web-site, and I’ll be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

  5. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  6. Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too fantastic. I actually like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you’re stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it sensible. I can’t wait to read much more from you. This is really a tremendous site.

  7. Just want to say your article is as amazing. The clarity in your post is just great and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the enjoyable work.

  8. Undeniably believe that which you stated. Your favorite reason appeared to be on the web the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people consider worries that they just do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  9. My brother suggested I might like this blog. He was totally right.
    This post truly made my day. You cann’t imagine simply
    how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  10. 713998 570217You completed various great points there. I did a search on the theme and discovered the majority of folks will consent together with your weblog. 740831

  11. Thanks for another excellent article. Where else could anyone get that type of information in such a perfect way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I’m on the look for such info.

  12. hey there and thank you for your info – I’ve definitely picked up something new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical issues using this site, as I experienced to reload the web site many times previous to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if your web host is OK? Not that I am complaining, but slow loading instances times will very frequently affect your placement in google and could damage your quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Well I am adding this RSS to my e-mail and could look out for much more of your respective intriguing content. Ensure that you update this again soon..

  13. Most of the things you articulate is supprisingly appropriate and it makes me wonder the reason why I hadn’t looked at this with this light previously. Your article truly did switch the light on for me personally as far as this topic goes. But there is one particular factor I am not too cozy with so while I try to reconcile that with the actual central theme of the position, permit me see what the rest of the readers have to point out.Very well done.

  14. 131765 665681Id ought to talk with you here. Which is not some thing I do! I spend time reading an article that could get folks to feel. Also, appreciate your permitting me to comment! 685362

  15. Thank you for another informative web site. Where else could I get that type of info written in such a perfect way? I have a project that I am just now working on, and I have been on the look out for such information.

  16. You really make it appear so easy with your presentation however I find this topic to be really one thing which I believe I would never understand. It sort of feels too complex and extremely vast for me. I am taking a look forward on your subsequent publish, I will try to get the grasp of it!

  17. 868516 43412I just couldnt depart your internet site prior to suggesting that I very enjoyed the regular data an individual provide for your visitors? Is gonna be back frequently to be able to inspect new posts 365670

  18. Greetings from Idaho! I’m bored at work so I decided to check out your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the information you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m amazed at how quick your blog loaded on my mobile .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, good site!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here