If your ideas or products keep failing, perhaps it’s time to stop blaming others and look in the mirror. I suspect that issue lies in one of the following, if not more than one of them. I know it always does for me.
- Lack of Discipline
- Lack of Focus
- Lack of Commitment
Thomas Edison, a famous producer of new inventions put it nicely, “Genius is 90 percent perspiration and 10 percent inspiration”.
How often are we inspired by something and a new idea is sparked. We quickly pursue it and throw something together. Then 2 weeks later when it’s not the next Twitter we move on to the next thing. Then six months later someone releases something similar that is well accepted. We then cry foul and blame it on lack of capital or lack of connections to the correct people. When in reality we should be blaming our own sorry selves.
Truthfully, the next big thing will be built and brought to market on discipline and focus, sweat and blood. The sooner we realize this, the sooner we can stop wasting our time on fruitless pursuits and lies the media has us believing. Instead we can put our focus on the things that will change the world. Our time is already constrained. Wasting it is simply consuming the most valuable resource we have without any return.
While exploring as many new products as possible is good for discovery, it is not good for producing results. It is hard to not become distracted in life and lose time that can not be regained. Boden speaks volumes in saying, “A person needs time, and enormous effort, to amass mental structures and to explore their potential. It is not always easy. Even when it is, life has many other attractions. Only a strong commitment to the domain can prevent something from dissipating their energy on other things.”
So, the next time you start to pursue something ask yourself, Am I committed to this?
When you start to tire of the idea and people are encouraging you to give up, Will you be disciplined enough to stick with it?
When your friends all tweet about that next great event or send you a link to “the next big thing”, Will you have the focus that allows you to filter out signal from noise?
If you can’t say yes to these three questions. Give up now. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. You are wasting those around you and your own time.