Jan 31st, 2018

If All You Have is a Hammer…

In the US we have a proverb (which I first heard from my former Mozilla colleague David Asher):

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

I have been thinking about this saying quite a bit lately. As silly as it sounds, I believe it is one of the main reasons why (startup) companies don’t get to proper product/market fit: It is too easy (and too tempting) to start believing you found the solution upon the first indication of your product or service hitting the mark – and then pushing ahead, declare victory and using your newfound hammer.

Keep your eyes on the prize and constantly evaluate if what you have truly fits your clients’ needs. And generally speaking – better to have a full toolbox, than just a single hammer.

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