Just Start It
Why is there so much fear in pursuing dreams and goals?
Why is there so much talk and so little action?
IBM is the king of planning. They really know what they are doing. Mega-hit products. Dell is the upstart competitor. They know what they are doing too. Very successful as well. So what is the difference?
IBM is paralyzed by its previous success and MUST have a hit time after time. Failure is not an option. Dell on the other hand is a DOER. They are not hooked on success. They are hooked on learning what works for their customer. I would say the difference in a nutshell is IBM is a planning organization and Dell is an example of an learning organization.
Schools teach curriculum and are much more aligned with an IBM philosophy. Concerned about success and less about learning…meeting the real needs of customers.
The analogy of students spending four years studying pools. How to make them, understanding the factors of supply and demand on the need for pools, what the best practices are of successful pools are, the best temperatures to maintain your pool at for maximum pleasure. They know everything about them…but never jump in and experience them. Author Seth Godin tells his story as a graduate of entrepreneurial Stanford University Business School where at least half of the 300 grads in his year boasted they were going to start their own business sooner or later. Twenty years later he states that only 30 actually did. Much talk…no action. Big hat…no cattle.
Just start it. Develop your prototype...and get it out there...learn...improve.