“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” -- Herman Melville
Start always with the question, What's missing?
It doesn't matter the industry or sector or the size of the entity that currently occupies top slot, if you look hard enough, you'll always find a gap.
This isn't about a counsel of perfection nor trying it on. This is about doing something because you have no choice (or at least that's how it's always felt to me).
My thing is the service sector, and, odd as it may sound, I've never yet worked for an organisation that espoused service as its sine qua non. Oh sure, it wanted to get better and in some instances did, but it didn't live and breathe service as if nothing else mattered.
Right now there's allegedly an explosion of entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom. How many of these businesses will be around in the next 10 years who knows, but at least these nascent enterprises have sought to find out whether the itch that's festered away in their owners for all these years is worth scratching.
But to my mind, there's a bigger point. Even allowing for the fact that these owner/managers have taken the leap, you have to question why so few people are still willing to follow their passion or dreams and start their own thing, even if it has to live outside of the day job? Perhaps they enjoy what they do or wish to properly master their craft (and good on them), but for as long as I can remember, I don't recall a single day where I didn't talk to someone who wished they were doing something different -- and closer to the real them.
Now, perhaps this is just part of the egocentric nature of human existence, but I don't think so. I think it has more to do with the fact that so few businesses take an interest in their people. (As I've written about many times before, just imagine if your place of work was a cathedral of Excellence where every single person was developed to live out their full potential, even if that meant being helped to move on from the company to something better.)
If you're one of those people who've grown disillusioned with the routine, there's any number of ways to kickstart your idea into life; and the Web will help you move things forward quicker than you can imagine.
Oh sure, you'll need some cash but not nearly as much as you think.
Yes, you'll need to be cutting edge but not to begin with.
Yep. Gobs of it.
In fact, if the very idea of leaving your job or putting yourself under pressure in doing two jobs makes you wince (that bloody Lizard brain), then my advice is to stop now.
The thing is, unless you're willing to sacrifice or risk something of your current life then you're deluding yourself if you think you can move the needle from 'idea' to 'reality'.
You might of course not buy the 'guts strategy' and that's just fine, but trust me unless you can bury the apprehension and live with the possibility that you might fail, I would stick to what you know and leave it at that.
But of course the opportunity won't go away.
PS. Here's a talk by Seth Godin that I found particularly insightful. Enjoy.