No one stole your idea, deal with it

How many times have you heard your friends say, “we should start this business, we should start that business…”?  (or maybe it’s just my friends hehehehe)  Empty goals with no action.  So I was reading a Mashable article on a new startup that delivers your favorite toiletries to your hotel room when you travel, so that you don’t have to lug it with you in pint-size containers on your carry-on.  The first thing that popped into my mind was that “hey my friend wanted to start this business too”.

If you are a smart person, you would know by now that ideas are just ideas, in my opinion most are not unique.  If you are too afraid to go to a networking event to discuss your new business idea openly, then it wasn’t that good of an idea if it’s easy to replicate.  Alright, so what makes one business idea better than the other?  Well, it’s a combination of team (ability to execute), idea (compelling value proposition), and market (size and ability to capture a piece of it).

Okay, back to the story.  Yes, probably my friend could have started a similar “Suite Arrival“-like business, but the passion needs to be there too.  For instance, if it were me, I am not too excited to run a toiletry delivery service.  It’s a cool idea, but I am not interested in starting it up and growing it.  Nope, not me.

5 thoughts on “No one stole your idea, deal with it

  1. valid point that. ideas aint unique..heck, even startups [so those that actually went a step further from just ideas] arent super unique either. success can be unique, but we all know what goes into that. [or do we].

  2. I agree. There are very few unique ideas. The gold is in the execution. When I was in Hawaii renting a time share, I went to the grocery store to buy some kitchen ‘staples’ for the week. Turned out it was a far off dream to buy a year supply size of salt and pepper … the little grocery store was OUT because every time share person showed up on Saturday too. I thought I should go in the business of delivering a week size supply of the staples to time share residents every Saturday … hmmm boring.

  3. PS. In my role as mangager at a major software company, I also found so many folks wondering, “Why doesn’t someone just do … X? Life would be so much better if someone just did X.” “Well”, I’d ask, “Why don’t you do X?” There was always a list of reasons … no time, not my job. It’s hard to get folks to see that everyone feels the same way. Nothing changes until someone steps up to take action. Great ideas – are a dime a dozen. Vision without execution is hallucination.

  4. @Sapna I came to a realization and not sure if this will be a separate blog posting. All ideas are a dime a dozen. If you have an idea that you’re excited about and don’t want to write a business plan because you want to create the idea and have people try it, then maybe it’s a good idea. So this goes back to execution, team, blah blah blah. All related!

    @Natalie You used one of my favorite sayings, “Vision without execution is hallucination.” It’s true. Find an idea that you’re passionate about and run with it. Don’t be a wantapreneur, be an entrepreneur!

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