Ever wondered why your business idea or someone else's failed to get
traction, even though you did things the same or better as people that
followed or those who came before? People will tell you that the
execution may have been lacking, they may be somewhat right or even a
100% correct, but chances are there was something else that went wrong.
may have gone wrong is that you were missing the knowledge of one
missing ingredient, without which the notion that "an idea is only as
good as it execution" in all it's brilliance is flawed.
The timing of when an idea is executed is just as/or more important
than the execution itself. It is possible to be too early, early, on
time, fashionably late or too late. Each can make or break the idea and
2007, I did a relatively short stint on a trading floor focused on
financial and technology equities. We were working with a well tested
strategies, the (risk-)managers stressed the importance of discipline
aka good execution.
Even though the success rate depended
on the market timing, which is unpredictable; When paired with good
downside protection/risk management the strategies were in a sense
So far, the flaws with the notion that "idea was is good as the
execution" were not yet clear, because even though (market) timing
mattered it was not the deciding factor.
The success of the
philosophy on the trading floor led me to use in various aspects of my
life and work. It greatly helped my work helping businesses embrace the
web. This is where the patterns surrounding the 'timing aspect' started
The flaws with the notion that an idea is
as good as its execution are not evident when there isn't a possibility
to breaking the bank.
Simply put, in life the
importance of the execution is not quite as simple as it was at the
trading desk; In trading much like a baseball batting average, the
disciplined execution of a trading(speculation) strategy was designed to
aim for a .300 win average (30 percent ) to be excellent. A .100 win
average (10 percent) was enough to break-even.
At 10 percent lower
than break even point, you exhaust your capital. On the trading desk
this was the cost of doing business, the risks in life and business are
not always as black and white.
Disclaimer 1: While predicting the timing is already tricky, what's trickier is the outcome of not timing well.
is always the possibility that you may not get another chance to
execute the same strategy. If another party is involved an idea executed
too early may make them vary of trying it again when the time is right.
Even when you get the timing right, it's possible for someone or something to sweep in before you and steal your glory.
Disclaimer 2: It's tough to deliberately have perfect timing.
Disclaimer 3: You will fail; often.
If you get a chance to make similar decisions again in similar circumstances you may fare better.
If you haven't done "it" before reach out to people who have