You Don’t Need What You Think You Need
Meeting someone who wrote a masterpiece on the back of a Deli menu while living under the bridge would not surprise me. Meeting someone who did it with a silver Cartier pen on an antique writing table in an airy Soho loft would surprise the hell out of me. ~ Hugh MacLeod
- If only I had more time.
- If only I had more money.
- If only I knew the right people.
- If only I had the right equipment.
- If only I…
Fuck that…and I can prove it.
I’m going to let you in on a huge secret that I’ve been keeping from everybody.
My friends and I are working on this platform that will revolutionize how people meet online and interact with each other. It will be HUGE!!!
What’s the catch Dino?
Well, we will limit the communication between users to 140 characters.
Admit it. If I pitched you this back in 2005 you would say “get th’fuckoudahere”.
Why would you limit the platform to 140 characters? That’s stupid. Pass.
Don’t pretend that you would be the one to see the potential of the platform. You wouldn’t. I wouldn’t.
Sidenote: Twitter was intended as an Short Message Service platform for phones, however, that’s not how it’s being used today. So not even the founders of Twitter foresaw what will happen with their own platform. We could say they fell into it ass backwards.
And yet, it’s exactly the limitation of 140 characters that gives Twitter its uniqueness. Not to mention it forces users to be frugal with their words.
Twitter is a powerful platform in part because it embraced its limitations. So embrace you god damn limitations.
Twitter didn’t need more to succeed and neither do you.
Great companies start in garages all the time. Yours can too. ~ Jason Fried in Rework (Amazon Affiliate Link)
Think it only applies to technology and business? Think again.
- Louis Armstrong didn’t exactly have a singing voice, and yet it didn’t stop him from being one of the greatest singers of all time.
- Kurt Cobain couldn’t exactly play guitar but it didn’t stop him from changing the way the guitar is played forever.
- Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues stands at 5ft and 3 inches but it didn’t stop him from being one of the most dynamic players in National Basketball League
- When Fred Astaire first auditioned for movie parts the casting directors noted that he couldn’t sing, couldn’t act and he could kinda dance, but that didn’t stop from becoming a Hollywood legend and a quintessential song and dance man
I am sure you can think of your own successes despite limitations, share them with us please.
What do you think is your limitation?
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