I have relatively short attention span. Let me explain myself… I love solving problems, in fact, I always say that I haven’t found a challenge that I couldn’t solve (and I mean daily challenges not age long mathematical problems). If I find a challenge I will focus on it like a mad man and learn about it, turn it apart and become an expert as quick as possible. I think there is a medical name for that, OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder… or something.
First of all, as I have said many times, I haven’t got a technical profile… I’ve majored in Business Administration and have always worked in Business Development and Product Management during my “short” working life.
One common advice to all of us non-technical profiles that decide to start a new internet business is to “learn to program”… So that is what I did… And after some days of Python and Ruby-on-Rails I can tell you one thing: I am sorry to say but if you take into consideration all the implications and the time needed, that advice is… nonsense.
After attending some developer meetup and telling my story almost every advice I got was in fact the contrary… “Want to learn to program? don’t even try. Go find a CTO co-founder”. And that is what I did, and after a month doing that, I had a big breakthrough. That advice is, also… nonsense.
I found it a great question, and after giving it some thought I decided that I needed a little bit more than 140 characters to explain myself. So here it is…
Usually, ideas, if not nourished, end up crippling and dying. Even the most interesting and visionary. Without momentum, ideas that once had grown and developed in our head into the “next Google” end up loosing their vivid color and fall into oblivion. For startups, momentum lives and breathes in Silicon Valley, but for many of us, California is a bit out of hand… So you have to look for “momentum” in other places…
By adopting a new habit and focusing on three steps I’ve been able to come up with many new business ideas in a consistent manner, and even better, I have understood that entrepreneurship actually is a viable way of “earning a living”.