We all have ideas that are original, or at least original to us. So we think about the money we could make if we market the idea. In our minds we go from concept to dreams about the lifestyle of the rich and famous and we leave out all the middle parts. Did we do anything about it?
A long time ago I saw on the news a story about a mid-western U.S. city in the grip of a bad ice storm. People couldn't walk on the sidewalks for all the ice. I had a thought. Easy solution and it came to me instantly. Why in the world would the town not install some kind of heated pipe system underneath where people need to walk and the ice would melt? Seemed simple enough. Technically wouldn't be hard to do. But I didn't do anything about my idea. I few years later I read about a city that had installed such a system under sidewalks that made navigation much safer for pedestrians during the winter months.
After ebay became a household word I thought (before I had ever heard of the concept) that I could actually sell other people's stuff and make money off that. (Yeah, I know, everybody and his sister thought of the same thing.) I think they now call it a consignment business or some such thing. But I didn't do anything. Now, lots of people make good money doing just that.
A long time ago I was playing a game of tic-tac-toe. I thought about how I could make it more interesting. I came up with a 3-dimensional form and made a multi-grid form of the game on paper. Really brought it up to the next level. I gave myself a brownie point for coming up with a novel (at least to me) twist on an old game. Then I thought, no, nobody would pay money for 3-d tic-tac-toe. I am just a peon and I have no idea how to market the stuff. So I didn't do anything about it. Years later others were profiting off a 3-D version of it, similar to what I had imagined (and done on paper) years before.
Where would I be today if I had done something with any idea I had, original or not? Some people step out and make it big. Maybe they failed and fell hard. Maybe they failed a lot. But at least they put hands and feet to the thought.
The world is full of people with ideas and dreams and hope. A dime will buy you boatload of them. But it seems that most of us stop where it all started: in our minds.
Maybe there really is nothing new under the Sun. Maybe things we've thought of, somebody else has thought of them. Maybe what we do somebody else is already doing it. So what?
I can't say that I have had one original idea about how to make money on the internet. Nothing I have thought of has not been done before. Being first can have its own glory. But I think for me I will walk the road more traveled and learn from those who already been there and done that and learn from them. Stand on their shoulders, infuse something unique into the mix, DO something about it and see what happens.