Ideas are Easy, Doing Stuff is Hard 1

I posted here last week about the example of Mark Zuckerberg and the controversy around Facebook. Three different people claim he stole their idea.

This morning Seth Godin answered an email asking why he gives ideas away in his blog:

“I responded that ideas are easy, doing stuff is hard.”

This comes up here frequently because I also get a lot of questions from people worried too much about the business idea when that isn’t what really matters. Sure, ideas are valuable, and it hurts when somebody else runs with your idea, but here’s more from Seth’s Blog:

“My feeling is that the more often you create and share ideas, the better you get at it. The process of manipulating and ultimately spreading ideas improves both the quality and the quantity of what you create, at least it does for me.”

“History is littered with inventors who had “great” ideas but kept them quiet and then poorly executed them. And history is lit up with do-ers who took ideas that were floating around in the ether and actually made something happen. In fact, just about every successful venture is based on an unoriginal idea, beautifully executed.”

“So, if you’ve got ideas, let them go. They’re probably holding you back from the hard work of actually executing.”

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  • Hugh Gray

    Stange but true some people just have good idea’s running out their thoughts 24/7.
    I owned a company called IPod way back in 1993/94 Long time before Apple came out with their ipod, My one was a next step from my old triple xt powered bullieboard and was a combo internet/information Pod to use at airports and shopopiing centres, We were the first to run the online advertising the “Online Trading Post” yet sometimes as in this case far too early the technology was not ready though we did give it a good shot but when approaching the newspapers like the printed “Personal Trading Post” to offer to plqace all their adverts online for a pittance we were told in No uncertain terms Quote “Son the Internet will never take off” and that is True to get a T1 line finding someone who know what iwas talking about was almost impossible eventualy I did get one and it cost me $12.000.oo Life was not easy But even now 14 years later the ideas I had have still not been fully taken up but i can see it is coming, and i know that is where the money is. I am still living in hope.. yes there is money to be made out there and without the ideas men we would still be using square wheels. so if you have an idea you must persue it. i am still coming up with them and I have jsut turned 65 so age is no barrier. Hugh Gray Australia. 4114