Engaging with other founders- super helpful.
Checking trends- Helpful 10% of the time, counterproductive or even dangerous 90% of the time.
It's easy to get caught in the stream of news and overreact to every micro-trend out there. I prefer to stay focused on my goal & my beliefs. It's the same reason I don't watch the news: If it's important, eventually I'll learn about it.
Absolutely. It's always nice to learn from others and to broaden your horizons. It gives better perspective and opens up your mind. You can get early warnings about flaws in your approach, get motivation by seeing how others were able to overcome obstacles similar to the ones you have, discover new opportunities for growth, get satisfaction from being able to help others in whatever way you can, get inspiration from seeing the way a problem is being tackled by others....the list is endless. Good interactions with good people , are always priceless (whether they are founders, would-be-founders or non-founders ) 😊