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Jul 8th, 2021 Share: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn

Can Or Do You?

Every so often I find myself in a conversation where someone goes on and on about what could be done. How one could build a better Uber, AirBnB, or whatever startup hotness is du jour at the moment. How moronic the people are who built and run these companies. How easy it would be to disrupt them — by simply doing the obvious.

It’s either this or someone telling me that they had the idea for Uber years before Travis even learned to type. Or how they saw the iPhone obviously becoming the predominant mobile phone platform (in terms of revenue) the week it launched on January 9th, 2007.

Now, of course, none of these people are actually building the Uber/AirBnB/Hot-Startup-Of-The-Moment–Killer. Or have remortgaged their house to buy Apple stock the day after Jobs announced the iPhone at $2.78 (it’s at $143.24 right now, by the way).

This brings me to maybe the most important distinction there is:

The question is not can you — but rather do (and maybe: have) you?

As the old saying goes: Talk is cheap. Let’s do things!


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