Don’t lose sight, stay the course

Unfortunately this is something I have to tell myself often.

You see I have a lot of ideas. So many that I sometimes wake up to them. No I’m not some idea machine, most are just thoughts or someone is already doing it way better or the space is super crowded.

But more than those things – because honestly even a bad idea has room for potential – is the fact that I would never dedicate myself enough to make it work.

I still like my ideas but I have to remind myself to not lose sight of what I’m already dedicating time to. Otherwise I would have a dozen half built and planned startups just lingering.

I know this because I’ve done it plenty of times. I get some “awesome idea” and in that moment it’s the greatest thing ever. So I get excited about it instead of doing some research or just letting the idea marinate and ultimately I jump right in…

And end up wasting a bunch of time planning the idea or even building a working version until all the excitement passes and I never touch it again. My local development site is like a pointless plugin graveyard.

So I have to remind myself: Don’t lose sight, stay the course. Don’t forget the idea but let it sit.

If it’s a good enough idea it doesn’t have such a short lifespan that it needs instant attention.

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  1. Jimmy Smutek says

    So I get excited about it instead of doing some research or just letting the idea marinate and ultimately I jump right in…

    It’s a double edged sword. I’m kind of the opposite in that I am the king of doing the research and letting the idea marinate… and it ends up in this graveyard of marinade drenched ideas that I keep.

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