The other week, I came up with what I thought was a pretty solid idea. I thought of it in less than half an hour in the morning while I was trying to pluck up the courage to leave my warm bed for the day. By the end of the day, I had an almost fully-formed idea in my head. That night, I had discussed it with my partner to the point where we agreed that we should actively pursue it; we even delegated roles. A few weeks later, it’s safe to say that the amount of time I have spent working on this idea sits at… zero hours and zero minutes.
There’s a common expression that goes something like
“if you don’t do it, someone else will do it for you”
I’ve found this to be very true in the past. I’ve actually lost count of the times I have had an idea, have let it fall by the wayside only to watch somebody else pick it up and run with it some time after. This week, it happened again. When this happens I’m happy for those who put in the hard-yards to pursue the idea, and I’m always glad that the concept begins to live and breathe, but it is almost impossible not to feel a sense of disappointment. “I could have done that” I say to myself as another one bites the dust.
Ideas don't belong to anyone. I believe that they 'float' — they move from person to person. They will eventually choose you but if you neglect it long enough it will move on to find a new home. If you have an idea, recognise that you have intuitively and instinctively tuned into something special. For this reason alone, you should always work to pursue your ideas. If not immediately, then quickly. Gather the motivation to move forward and put any fear you have aside. If you don't do it, someone else will.