The Well of Lost Ideas

Did you invent it? Did you come up with it? Did you start it? Really?

Then where is it? Show it to me.

You can’t can you? Because that’s all you did. You thought, you talked, and you dreamed. These are all good things, all very, very important things but you forgot the most important step.

You forgot to build it.

In 2009, Charoo and I built Viewpointr. It was ahead of its time and today, Biz Stone and co, launched They seem to have got it right… time will tell.

Am I mad? Hell no! We tried. We built it. We even got Ogawa to fund it. Does it hurt a little to see others succeed with an idea you had more than 5 years ago? Sure it does. It stings a little, but not as much as it would sting if we hadn’t tried. If we hadn’t of stuck our necks out there.

When other people ‘steal’ your ideas remember a few things.

  • They were never your ideas
  • Ideas are a dime a dozen, execution is where the dollars lie
  • Some of your ideas must be good. The next time one comes up, stop thinking, stop talking and start doing.

If not, it will find its way into the well of lost ideas and that my friends… is a cold and lonely place.

Have I told you lately… that I love you?

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