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It took me a while to understand the full benefit of people's criticism. My team's initial idea was a to build a mobile product that essentially focused on everything and added a ton of features, thinking that we'd get users from being so ubiquitous and awesome. After hearing the same "you're not focused", "how can you get users" criticism from many in the industry (including multiple YC partners), I finally got it through my head that maybe I couldn't impose my naive vision on the world just because I believed it was powerful.

However, its just as important to never stop thinking about your world-domination vision. I'm sure every one of the most successful tech companies in the world has heard all of the same criticism from well-meaning advisers along the way. Start with a focused smart plan, execute it well, and don't lose sight of the ultimate destination (which may change along the way too as you learn more).

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