Is it the Idea or Execution That's Important?

Bes over at The Reasoner recently posted a “bragging” post about why people like to copy him. It is the type of post that will leave anybody feeling guilty, whether they are guilty or not. When reading the post, I myself thought, “Hmmm, am I trying to copy the reasoner?”

One of the overall points that comes to mind when reading the post is the many times I felt that people have taken one of my ideas or started mimicking some of the things I was doing. Some people are of the opinion that if someone imitates you, then you should be flattered.

The Struggle for Originality

I believe everybody struggles to be original to some extent. But that originality will come at a cost. People will try to change you. World events might try to change your situation. The stovepipe you were trying to get out of suddenly encases you tighter and tighter.

How does one get out of a stovepipe? One must branch out. Explore things that are foreign. Come up with new ideas. Rebel against your own sense of originality.

Is Your Idea Important?

Of course your idea is important. But someone might have already executed your idea. Could you execute your idea better, however?

Google wasn’t the first search engine on the block, but Google executed the idea of search better than the competition. The Japanese also weren’t the first car makers, but their execution at producing cheap quality cars caused the American auto-makers to play catch up really fast.

The point is, your idea is important, but the execution of that idea is even more important.


Bes has some great ideas over at his site. And he may not have come up with these ideas first. People can steal (borrow?) these ideas and claim them as their own. However, unless the execution can meet or surpass those of the competition, then there isn’t too much to worry about.

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Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

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3 thoughts on “Is it the Idea or Execution That's Important?”

  1. I find the idea of the struggle for originality to be rather humorous. 😆

    How more original can the one and only Ronalfy be? You are an individual who has a personality, life experiences, friends, etc that you and only you have (ok, friends you could share with someone…). You will be reflected in everything you write on this blog. That is original.

    Heh, you could always look outside of yourself for originality…but when you find it, it will be what someone else has done. But, you then again, when you do it, it will have your spin to it. 🙂

    So, in the end, the answer is "yes". 😛


  2. I think there is a third factor there: sharing. Sometimes one person shares an idea, concept or a thought with someone else, and that other listener simply goes on and tells others about the idea, acting as if he or she came up with the idea. In such a case, it is the idea that is important, but the execution prompts the stealer, with whom someone was simply sharing some information thinking “Let me talk about it, since we are friends”, to take someone else’s idea and benefit from it.

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