Have a plan

We all have ideas. Some might be good and a few brilliant.

But… how to go from an idea to reality?

First you need to realize the brilliant idea you just had, already went through the minds of thousands of people, and some of those people might just be in your competition.

Don’t assume for one second that to be successful you only need what you consider, and might become, a great idea.

Ideas are nothing more than nice thoughts, but making an idea a reality is much more complex and hard-working than simply having the idea. The real word cannot be depicted as a person in a hammock, in a spring day, while you listen your favorite song.

Great ideas come from work and new methodologies that can be implemented. Way before the “space run”, many had thought of going to the moon. That did not grant them a space in History or in any other monument in honor of those who worked hard to accomplish it.

But if I have an idea, a great idea, a new idea, and if no one else did it, why can’t I do it?

Never assume the idea you have has never been thought before e no one tried to make it a reality. Over 7 billion people on this planet. The odds of someone have/tried to make an idea equal, or very similar, to the one you have a reality are by far much higher than the odds of nobody tried.

It should not be a demotivating factor, but the opposite. You have to think from all perspectives and consider all hypotheses. Maybe you will understand that your idea is not as revolutionary as you might think and the path to make it a really is long and hard. It’s almost like this.

A great idea is 99% work and 1% luck.

Please understand that a great idea is not to implement something that already exists at a global level and introduce it to a local level. It’s not an innovation and you will always be playing catch up, trying to imitate that “global” trend.

Even if we work from day and night, Monday to Sunday, we can be sure that our idea will become successful. We don’t have to work hard. We have to work hard and well.

Focusing on the on-line e-commerce, it’s necessary for you to understand that e-commerce was not your idea. It was born decades ago. And a lot of companies have been doing it for decades.

With trillions of dollars in on-line transitions every year, you can be sure there are many thousands of companies who don’t do anything but trying to optimize processes and business models, in order to offer better income to their customers or to themselves.

There is nothing to reinvent. Trading is something that is being done for thousands of years’ e to think we have an idea that will revolutionize everything can be dangerous. Look and you will find. If you don’t find, assume you didn’t look in the right places. If you don’t find anything equal, you will find similar. If you know for sure the idea you have is unique, know that it might be in development by some company. And if the idea is as brilliant as you think it is, please note that there are companies willing to invest millions in great ideas.

That’s way is necessary, before opening any on-line bussines, to know the market we plan on entering. Don’t look to the big guys and think that tomorrow you are going to be like them, because they took a lot of years and a lot of money to get where they are right now.

Have a plan.

Know the when, what and how. Don’t be afraid of small changes along the way, without ever loosing focus. Have a business and action plan. Don’t be afraid of being meticulous. Consider all predicted variables and the unpredictable ones. Have your numbers always updated and understand that they don’t lie. Get ready to invest. Not only at a financial level, but on a human level too. Don’t fall in the trap of consider one is more important than the other. And above all, there is no such thing as profit without investment.

Go forward with your great idea. The world needs great ideas!