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April 27, 2010

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A Good Idea is Like a Juicy Steak…

A good idea is like a juicy steak...

Steak. Yum.

Or a delish pad thai, if you’re of the vegetarian persuasion. I have no idea where I was going with that analogy.

It’s been about nine years since I first had the idea to create a site to host other people’s blogs. I was in high school, playing around with PHP and MySQL databases for the first time. I loved the idea of having a blog (I’d created a few of them already).

I started building a brand new one for myself, database driven (which was a first for me). Halfway through, I thought, “How cool would it be if I offered others a place on my site to blog themselves?”

So I built it. And for a while, many of my friends at school had fun creating their own profiles on tristanx.com, and blogging to their hearts’ content. The end result was, of course, somewhat crude compared to what’s available to aspiring bloggers today. But the point is, I had the idea, and it was a good idea.

What did I do with it?

I let it fall through the cracks. I told myself, “It isn’t that good of an idea. It won’t take off.” Big mistake.

Today, I look back, and I kick myself for not running with what would probably have been a huge deal if I had continued to develop and market the idea. In fact, I probably would have been among the first to create such a thing. A pioneer in the industry, if you will.

Is this a regret? Yes; A major one. But I’m not one to go emo over spilled apple juice. There’s a point to all this, and that is: Never, ever, discount your ideas as trivial, stupid or not worth running with. If you think you’re onto something good, just start something from it. You have nothing to lose. Even if you fail in the end, you still have the experience you’ve gained from the endeavor, and hopefully, the motivation to try again.

So, really, have you even failed? Take it from me – Don’t let years pass, only to watch someone else take what could’ve been yours. Eat that juicy steak while it’s still in front of you. If you don’t, the steak ninjas will.

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  1. May 2 2010

    Carpe Aptenodytes! ( Seize the Penguins! ) … I crack myself up :))

    Great job XBeee, love it and as everything you do it’s always amazing!

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  2. Apr 30 2010

    Hey Tristan,
    Very nice! I like your blog. I echo your sentiments on customer service – I wrote a similar blog regarding it a while back. http://www.thekunit.com/post/2009/10/10/Customer-Experience-Required-in-Canadas-Wireless-industry/ I’ve long given up on cheaper price but I think there’s much that all the big companies can do to make customer life much better.

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  3. Jason
    Apr 28 2010

    Steak ninjas rule. Great site. I love the layout!

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    • Apr 29 2010

      Thanks very much man. And steak ninjas – they do, indeed!

      Reply
  4. Apr 28 2010

    Love it Tristan! Miss ya! Keep doing what you do well! Everything you have put your mind too, you have always done well!

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    • Apr 28 2010

      Thanks, Jen! You’re too kind. 🙂 Thanks for the comment.

      Reply
  5. Apr 27 2010

    I suppose that’s why they say hindsight is ’20/20′. I think the best thing to do is to learn from the missed opportunities of the past and don’t allow them to pass by again!

    😀

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