That’s a controversial headline quote to a lot of people. It comes from Steve Blank, the founding father of the lean startup movement and it is important because it effectively sums up the thinking behind the movement: Because you are passionate about your idea, it doesn’t mean you are right. You have to go out and validate it in the real world.
The quote comes from an interview with Blank in Pando Daily, a Silicon Valley startup blog. One of the most interesting things in the interview is where Blank is going with the lean model: Into enterprises and universities, two places where the existing models for innovation are often broken or ineffective. We believe the model can work for any company or organization seeking to breakout a new product, service or idea. This goes beyond startups, though our focus right now is on starting things.
From the interview (read the whole thing- it’s enlightening):
“Let’s bring this back to startups. What are you surprised about that hasn’t caught on from your teachings?
The big thing is it catches on in theory, and it is much harder to catch on in practice.
The hard part is getting out of the building. It is counter to every great instinct an entreprenuer has and will be forever. Wait a minute, I have this vision, and I have this passion, and now you are asking me to think that maybe I’m wrong?”