Paralysis by analysis you see it every day. People sit and wonder about what they could be doing. They get all excited about owning there own website and making it happen. I get emails every day from people asking me what I think of there great idea. The ones I do answer I am very blunt with and I tell them exactly why i think it will fail or succeed. I am ALWAYS stunned when they respond with “Well I emailed x and x and x about it and they really liked it. They I always respond with SO FRICKIN DO IT ALREADY. I probably come off as a complete jerk but I mean seriously if you have this revolutionary idea of something that has never been done before do you think that I have some insight on how it will do? I mean I can take a stab at it but really you need to fricking do it? What are you waiting for?
I know people that have had what are probably million dollar ideas that have been sitting on a business plan for over 2 years… I mean seriously….
When you sit on the pot a few things will happen to you.
1) You email enough people your idea someone will run with it themselves and you will be pissed when they do.
2) You wait long enough technology will pass you by and your service will no longer be needed.
3) Someone will do your idea.
Take for instance my mobile dating site that I started 4 years ago. I did this even before ring tones. Basically I wanted to make a site where people could date over SMS texting. The thing is after I got it so it worked I lost interest in it. I never thought there would be much interest in it… meanwhile now 4 years later all these companies are poping up with mobile dating services.
Also people are always afraid that they will fail… One of the things that irritates me the most is when you tell someone they have great idea and they need to move on it they will sit there and come up with excuses why it wont work one after another after another…
When I was working on my first ring tone community website so many people told me it was a waste of time… including my wife but I really thought allowing allowing users to create, upload and share there ringtones with the world was a cool idea. I had no idea how it would make money back then but I just wanted to make a cool service people could use. Now those sites have made more money then I ever dreamed possible and they opened up many doors into other markets. And now while ringtones are dying off more every day we were able to leverage the relationships we made in that market to make some of our other corporations thrive.
Here is the thing. I have ALWAYS learned more from my failures then from my successes. In fact many times I think that early success is the worst thing that can ever happen to you because you settle for it and you take it for granted. You want to be a internet millionaire? Get busy and start trying stuff today. It doesn’t matter where you start. Expect failure and learn from it.
So ya not to be all rah rah rah but seriously… get after it!