Timing innovation outweighs the passionate pursuit of a new idea. We are lead to believe that innovative ideas are driven solely by passion. Timing plays a greater role in the success of a new idea; nothing can stop an idea whose time is now.
Birth of New Ideas
Douglas Solomon, express the timing of new ideas this way; Innovations or Social movements adopted before we’re 4 yrs. old becomes our norm. Those that occur between the ages of 15 to 30, we see those as career possibilities. New ideas that occur after we’re 35 are simply abnormal and go against the natural order of life.
Did innovative companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple achieve success because passionate innovators led them or were the timing right? Facebook came online when adolescents were using personal computers more than watching TV. The personal computer was as common in middle-class American’s homes like football and pizza. Search engines are as old as the internet, but Google’s search algorithms changed the game. The word for internet searches is “Google”. Apple product design and functionality changed personal electronics and created a market for their own. The introduction of these innovative ideas and products match the increasing speed of internet connectivity. The timing was right.
Passion depends on timing for an innovation’s success. The innovative idea relies on a host of universal situations to create a successful idea. Google needed computer processors to accelerate and broadband internet connections for its algorithms to function properly. Facebook need personal computers to become common household or dorm amenities. Unfortunately, we’re led to believe that we simply need to be passionate about our ideas to achieve success. Biographical stories of individuals who have made major accomplishments lead one to believe that these individuals possess extraordinary abilities.
We are told we must wake early and stay up late passionately working on our ideas. We must summon superhuman ability to achieve greatness. Malcolm Gladwell, says we need 10 thousand hours to achieve mastery. We must be passionate, fearless and work tirelessly. These ideas of personal achievement are perpetuated by biographical narrations of individuals who we look up to for our inspiration.
However, pop culture has turned timing, as in 15 minutes of fame into its reality of success. Millions of people around the world create content via social media to prove that timing outweigh passion for success. In these cases, success is determined by the number of “likes” to a post or video upload. Each one of these viral internet overnight success stories produces a minion of wanna be.
Patience is a Virtue
Which bring me to the virtue of patience that timely virtuous characteristic most people want to ignore. Viral success can be a beautiful thing if long term planning backs it. Although, I’m not sure viral success can be planned. Most overnight success stories took years of planning. Until the timing became right for success. The 15-minute famers usually meet their demise because they were not prepared for success.
Viral Business Success
The idea of viral acceptance isn’t just for the social media famer’s, many business consultants and venture capitalist bow to the same altar. They believe that if a product or the idea is to be successful, it must be a success in its first 15 minutes. Most of these people do not know how to pilot a new idea towards long-term sustainability
Timing is crucial because being first to enter a market, signals competition of the market. American Online was the first social media platform. No doubt Facebook learned lessons from their demise to project their success. Believe it or not, there are still AOL users in the marketplace. Rushing to enter a market could be fear based. Fear based decision are not good leadership characteristics.
Be the Decider
The takeaway is that you can work hard, or you can work long, but you can’t do both. We can achieve anything we put our minds toward, but we can’t achieve everything at once. Passion will get you moving; timing will take you to your desired destination.
As entrepreneurs, innovators and creative types, we must continually reassess our objectives. Not our goals, goals are measures of our objective. We can adjust both; you are the decider for what you choose to produce. Seek advice, but make your decisions in the direction you wish to pursue.
There is a voice inside each of us, which whispers to be heard above the loud screams of noise coming from outside. Take time to cultivate that voice, it has the answers for you and only you. My voice might be different from yours so I can’t tell you what to do nor can anyone else. Be your own consigliere and you will be fine.universal situations to create a successful idea. Unfortunately, we’re led to believe that passion is all it take for major achievement. Reading stories of individuals of major accomplishments lead the reader to believe they that these individuals are god like beings.