Have you ever had what you thought was a novel idea, only to research it and discover it has been done? Does that discourage you or inspire you? Do you take it as a sign that it is too late, or do you feed off others best practices while anticipating your breakthrough twist? Your idea, is your idea. It has not been “had” because it is uniquely yours even if it is not fully developed. If you can hold onto the feeling of inspiration you felt the day you first thought of the idea, would it evolve into something novel? Implementation is everything and it is guaranteed to succeed if it was born from an inspired place that frames development. What looks like it has been “had” has only truly been “had” if we don’t keep dreaming. Those that “had” it first are great resources if we are open to creating versus competing.
This journey we set out on was an adventure other families have embarked on before us. It does not make our journey ordinary or even similar in any way but those that came before do share our values and have inspired us in countless ways. As we build and test this idea of ours in the “field” it starts to look more and more like something new.
A pioneering spirit does not have to mean you are first. It does however have to mean you are invigorated living on the edge of comfortable where there is less company, more novelty and an abundance of uncertainty. The good news is being a pioneer does not require physically going anywhere!
“I could tell you my adventures – beginning from this morning,” said Alice a little timidly: “but it’s no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, Chapter 10