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I have tried many startups/projects in the past, some I started myself and some I co-founded with others. Most of those shutdown after I/We hit the first wall. Some of the projects didn't even last more than 3 months and didn't have a single customer. There were some of the projects where I have happily spent 6 months coding / developing without any customer using it. When it was the time to get customers, I tried a few weeks, reached out to a few people and that's all and moved on to the next startup idea. I was fascinated by the glamour of running a startup. I never was driven enough to push through the wall when hit. I think that I start a startup to enjoy the moment of owning a company (for a short time). I have wasted 5 years trying to do random things but never could find some idea I can stick around for longer and build a company. I have built around 20 android apps, the best one has 100K+ downloads and still going. The companies I have attempted in the past Try and pay (based on chrome extension, co-founder quit due to health conditions. I wasn't motivated or driven enough to bring in a new co-founder to continue that startup) SentimentsAI (using AMAZON AI tools to generate sentiments based on social media comments) TenancyWithoutAgents (startup in real estate, quit after 6-8 months, discovered that we need access to real estate certificate) Grocery Delivery ( discovered that delivery charges are very high and people are not willing to spend that much and there is a thin margin) Chat app, Door Prizes (developed for one client, they used it free of cost. I was hoping to get more clients but I didn't get any. I have reached few people and they never responded. So I shut down that too) FarWork(reached out to few co-working spaces, reached out to few people, got few answers from few people and that's it then covid19) EscrowServ (Escrow service in the construction industry, wasn't interested in that industry, so I quit after developing for 8 months) MarketForLocal (started a marketplace to connect local-sellers to customers. The co-founder quit because she didn't want to work more than 2 hours a day and I didnt bother to continue). Once turned to eBay seller as well and imported stuff from China and didn't last more than 2-3 months. Because I didn't want to be eBay seller. I am always confused with this advice "follow your passion" (Elon) vs "don't follow your passion" (Mark Cuban). I am passionate about coding, also at the same time, I am passionate about owning a business. I want to code for a business that I am passionate about. I have few ideas and afraid to commit to one. I am not even sure If I am passionate about any of those. I am afraid that I might pick the wrong idea and might end up quit again and waste my time. How can I find the idea that I can stick for longer? How do I know that I won't quit again (very easily)? I just want to know how you interpret my situation. I am open to hearing any advice or observation you may have. Thanks

I've been where you're at *multiple* times. The advice I gave myself was to throw my arms up and just get a job and focus on being better at developing software, the act of coding, since thats what me/you are "passionate" about.

If you want a business though, you have to first ask yourself, "Why do you want a business?".

Is it because you want to be well known and show up in all the publications?

Do you want to hire people and make decisions on where and how the company grows? What do you want?

Saying you want a business is the easy part.

You can code a platform and get it to the point of being able to be sold (which is great, but these days thats the easy part), but you need to do the other work: figure out what you want and set a goal and run towards it.

As I read your question theres a lot more context that can be given to your situation that I don't know about, I dont know you, and havent talked to you, but I can tell that you probably aren't excited to actually talk to people and try to sell it, which is a lot of developers.

Most developers think they can build it and customers will come, we've all heard that before, and that's the hard part I mentioned earlier.

If you're looking for a suggestion, then my suggestion is: stop building stuff for now. Figure out your goal (not an idea, not a company, but a goal outside of the actual platform) and when the goal amps you up and gets you excited, you'll run down that path, until then, keep coding and getting better at writing software and in your off time, go do hobbies like kayak or something. Make yourself bored, it will come to you then.


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