New Poll: Do you care what your neighbors are writing about?

My bro-in-law and I came to the conclusion this morning that sometimes you just have to do things just to get them off your brain.

During the conversation he had a few suggestions, which I had to tell him I had already thought about. He asked if my brain ever quit, and I had to say no. His next question was if that was a blessing or a curse. That one I couldn’t answer straight away.

After coddling the question for a bit, we came up with the idea that sometimes, when you wake up in the middle of the night and have a “brilliant idea,” you should just go with it. If you can’t do it quickly, then sure, think it out. Weigh out the pros and cons. But, if you can create a prototype quickly and test the market with it, then it’s worth doing, as long as you don’t let the scope creep out of control. Do a quick test. Get it out there. See if anyone likes the idea, and more importantly, if anyone will participate with you. If so, keep going.

The one problem I ran into is that sometimes I do things quickly, take a breath and look back at them and go.. “Well, that was a waste of time. There’s no business model to support it.” Other times, I just let it sit and brew for a while, come back to it in a few weeks with some new found knowledge, and try to find a model.

I read last night that the best business models are ones that haven’t been invented yet. Those are the ones that change the industries. So true.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and do something.

Oh, and the point of this post was to beg you to tell me if you care about what your neighbors are talking about? There’s a poll on the right side of this blog (in it’s current design), asking you this very question. Please take a moment to tell me what you think. This is my small test to see if my newest project is worth continuing with.

Update (03.20.2006) I am not including any polls in my current theme as it simply doesn’t fit and look nice. I’ll try to fit it in somewhere, but no guarantees as of yet.

[tags]procrastination, ideas, fail quick, business models[/tags]

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

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