You try to do the best with with what you’ve got and ignore everything else. That’s why horses get blinders in horse racing: You look at the horse next to you, and you’ll lose a step. Jimmy Iovine, co-founder of Interscope Records and chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M. He co-founded Beats Electronics, the well-known headphone makers, and sold it to Apple in 2014 for $3 billion.
This quote from The New York Times article Apple Music: Platform? Promoter? Both. by Joe Coscarelli is a great way of reinforcing the need in startups for focus and ignoring the noise. Which by the way is what Coach Bill Belichick preaches to his New England Patriots team and which they do so well.