When People Tell You Your Idea Sucks Ignore Them
March 31, 2012
One of the most common advices you receive is that you should carefully evaluate your idea before you start working on it. Sometimes you would be better off ignoring those suggestions. Let me tell you why.
We live in 2012. New ideas and start ups pop up every day, every hour, eventually every minute. Some of them have potential, some of them are just plain stupid and some of them are great from the beginning. More and more people start a business with a crazy idea or just a dead simple one where most people ask themselves why they did not come up with that.
One thing nearly all founders, entrepreneurs, small, medium, non business owners have in common is that they will start blogging at some point giving advices how everyone with an idea can start a successful business. There is an advice I read fairly often and just hate. "Evaluate your idea really carefully."
Before I start just let me say one thing: If you cannot afford food, do not know how to pay your rent and are nearly dead since you cannot buy flu medicine since five months I suggest you listen to them. For the rest of you consider the following points.
Even If You Fail Badly You Will Win
In the end you created something. You definitely gained some new skills and learned a lot of different things. If you did not I can tell you what and when your business went downhill.
Even if you fail, you are in a better position for another company or your next job. Learning new skills is always winning.
Imagine you start a website that lets people compare other people with cows. Of course you are posting it to all relevant sites and wait for the big boom. But nothing happens. Some people click on your link, some upload a picture or two but no one really cares. You failed, right?
You have proven that you are able to build something like PeopleCowCompare. Back when Zuckerberg started working on Facebook he once had a similar idea. If he would have been looking for a co-founder or some engenier to help him grow the company would he contact people who created PaintMyPony or PeopleCowCompare? (year I know that the example sucks, if you have a better one feel free to add it in the comments)
The only thing you have to remember is that you have to make enough noise and make sure people remember your site or idea. Even if it sucks and no one is using it, they have to remember it.
Once upon a time someone wanted to build a dating site. Instead of yet another useless site they got YouTube. End of the story.
You never know what evolves from your initial idea. And you cannot plan or draft it on your white board and present every possible option to everyone you are asking. Sometimes stuff just happens.
From my point of view there was no need for a dating site and I would have told them that their idea sucks and to invest time and money in something different. I could have killed YouTube if they would have asked me.
If You Love Your Idea - Do It
It is really that easy. If you can afford it and love your idea just start working on your project or business. What can you lose? Some weekends? $20 for a server and a domain? Maybe $30 because you tried to get some hits with adwords? Mankind will end!
The most important thing is that you believe your idea is worth the time you will invest. If you are wrong, just be happy that you have actually build something instead of whining how bad every new idea is. Criticizing ideas and projects is way easier than creating stuff - that is the reason why most people prefer to do the one over the other.
You gained new skills, you eventually created new opportunities, you added something to your CV. Just be happy and go on. World will not end, people do not think you are an idiot or loser and terrorists will not win just because you are one of the people that tried something and did not (immediately) succeed.