It’s not always important to be the first one. It’s important to be the first one that comes to mind.
Think about some of the biggest social media platforms many of us use today. Which would you say was the biggest social site that millions of people were using at any one time to share stuff with others and connect with friends? MySpace. Which social media site now boasts about having one billion users? Facebook. Who started first? MySpace. And despite their IPO debacle, which site is still flourishing with visitors, postings and uploads? Facebook.
So ask yourselves again, is it important to be first or the first one that comes to mind?
Many business experts say how necessary it is to create something original, have an idea that no one has done or tried before. However, none of our ideas are as original as we think they are. They are built on the foundation and ideas of others but are just construed to fit our own unique vision. Take the smart phone. What was it predecessor? The cell phone. And what came before that? The cordless home landline. And if we were to continue this time travel trip, the rotary phone and the operator (and now-a-days, an operator is one of the few live people we talk to after we get sick of the automated customer service). We’ve gone from having to crank the numbers around with our fingers to simply tapping the screen to make a phone call. That’s not including the thousands of available applications that keep us connected to everything.
Apply this same perspective to your individual ventures. Now,don’t go out and take other people’s ideas (there is a little thing called copyright infringement). But think about what it is that you could do better that will leave a lasting impression in your field. Yes, MySpace is still around and so is Bebo and Hi5 (for those of you that remembered those social sites too). But it’s Facebook that’s make the splashes and created a ripple effects. Most of us, if not all of us, are in industries where someone or some company is producing the same product or offering the same service, whether they came first or we did. It’s up to us to be the first one that comes to mind.