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May 18, 2012

It's not who gets there first that matters.

Facebook is going public today. While I am not a Facebook aficionado (yes, I read your notes, no I will not set up a profile anytime soon) I do appreciate the concept from a purely optimistic viewpoint: Facebook did not arrive first but still dominated.

Remember MySpace? Classmates.com? Reunion.com? All existed prior to Facebook, and all have been made obsolete since the "like" button.

How is that optimistic? It proves that you do not have to be the first one with the idea, the first one to invent a thing, the first one to walk on the moon. All you have to do is walk on the moon best, or most interestingly, or most inventively. Or do it most relentlessly or with panache.

Recently Jen came up with the coolest idea I have seen in a long time and I can't tell you the details yet, but wow, it is a good one. Maybe it's not the first of this concept on earth, but it's the funniest and the best. When she is ready to release it to the world I will tell you all about it. I love it. You will love it. When she first told me her idea I didn't know how she would even begin to implement it. How would someone create that? It boggled my mind. I moved on to to think about other things such as shoes and how I will ever fit into those pants I have, you know the ones, you have them and also cannot figure out how to get back into them. But she kept slogging on with her project, she did the work, she had moments of doubt and pushed past them. She didn't get discouraged along the way just because someone else had once had a similar idea a few years back or because maybe someone else may do it in the future. (How many times have we all used that as reasons to quit an idea?) She did the work.

Last night before I went to bed she texted me an image of the prototype. This morning I woke up thinking about her cool project. It inspired me. Listen, I know other people have written amazing, bestseller spy novels and other people have led great lives and other people speak fluent French and have thin thighs. Just because someone else did it already does not mean my shot at the ball has vanished. Just because someone else already wrote the Great American Novel does not mean there are not more, better Great American Novels to come.

Here is what I am thinking: when someone has a similar idea or style or concept to yours and they succeed, it does not diminish your chance at success. It just means it's possible for someone like you to make it.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! Have a fabulous weekend. Go forth and make your idea come to life! I will do the same. Pinkie swear, innernets style.

Posted by laurie at May 18, 2012 6:40 AM