Instagram was sold to Facebook for a cool $1 billion dollars (insert mental image of Dr. Evil here). Wow.
This musing is not about the value of Instagram, or the why Facebook may have bought it. It’s quite simply about what we as creatives can learn from it.
In two years, or thereabouts, Instagram went from an idea to a company worth $1 billion.
Think for a second. How many ideas did you have two or more years ago that you haven’t acted on? I know that I’ve had hundreds. Hell, I’ve had about a dozen app ideas in the last few months that I’ve done nothing with.
Ideas are worth nothing without execution, and I know this more than most.
Don’t sit on you ideas. Bring them to life now. See if they sink or swim. Who knows what incredible things you might create?
Derek Sivers already said this better than I can here.
Scott Belsky wrote a book about it.
Seth Godin talks about this all the time.
We all know this, but what’s stopping us?
Do it. Stop consuming, start creating.