Jibran’s Perspective

My buildspace project

Apr 13, 2023

My buildspace project idea launch post image

For the next 6 weeks, I’m taking part in buildspace nights & weekends. It’s a cohort of people that participate in a 6-week long “school” where they work towards any idea they have. The goal is to launch a “product” by the end of these 6 weeks, and to gain as much traction as possible.

It also includes helpful sessions by people who’ve done this before. This isn’t an accelerator or an incubator though, it’s more like a forcing function to get you motivated to build and launch. The community provides the motivation, and the sessions provide useful knowledge you can apply towards the goal of the program; show your product on demo day at the end of the 6-week period.

Yesterday was the first session, the goal of which was to select an idea to work on. I keep a list of ideas that I want to work on, and from that, I found a few that I thought would be good candidates for n&w:

I originally wanted to build one of the SaaS like ideas from the list, but the Notion GTD idea immediately stuck out to me as something that I should do. It felt like the right size of project that I should take on, and felt like something I could do well.

But more importantly, it felt very uncomfortable selecting this project. I could feel my discomfort with this idea. Why?

I think the discomfort comes from how much potential there is for me to make this idea work in the limited time. With the other SaaS-based ideas, I could justify not launching or growing by building feature after feature.

With the Notion GTD system, I can’t do that. The system is already built; I’ve been using it for 3 years. I only need to package it up nicely for other people and then focus on selling. Which, I think, is what makes me uncomfortable. Sales is something I’ve never done, and it’s something I believe I’ll suck at.

Being bad at something is not a great feeling, which is why even though I immediately felt how great a fit the Notion GTD idea is for n&w, I very much wanted to avoid it.

So, that’s what I’m committing to. This feeling of discomfort is what pushed me to commit to this idea. I need to get over my fear, and learn how to sell. I can justify procrastinating on feature development with the other ideas, I can’t do that here.

This discomfort is good. It’s a sign of what I need to work on.

Let’s see how the next 6 weeks go.