“You are not special. You’re not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We’re all part of the same compost heap. We’re all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”
Yes, that’s a fight club quote. No, I am not a proponent of Project Mayhem, although the idea is tempting. Kidding… well, sort of. But as I’ve thrown myself into the community that is NYC tech, I’ve found that this quote is too appropriate. For some, it’s absolute insanity; how dare you say ‘I’ am not unique! For others, it too true to ignore.
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel to make an impact, be it financially, socially, or otherwise – you just need to commit. Companies that are creating a market where one previously did not exist are so few and far between that sometimes we all forget there are thousands of companies out there who are not special snowflakes, yet they are beyond successful in the eyes of many.
The hard part is committing. Everyone wants to make the next Facebook, the next Uber, or find themselves as the posterboy for the latest meteroic rise to stardom for executing a concept. The hard part isn’t the ideation, but execution.
Which brings me to the people involved. Do you need a zealous obsession with your product? As a founder, pretty much. As an employee, sure, that’ll make it more worthwhile. But in the grand scheme of things, whether a mogul in your domain or a new guy on the scene, we’re not all that different. The things that does matter, however, is your ability to put your head down and making things happen. It’s an overlooked trait, defaulting to action. Over time, it makes all the difference.