I’m not sure this thought necessitates a post, but here it is.
I get ideas pitched to me all of the time.
Some of the ideas I hear are really good. I think some people look for problems to solve, and I think that’s a great way to approach situations. Others look at where they can extract value, and their ideas generally reflect that approach. Neither of these approaches are “wrong”, per se, but I tend to like ideas that solve problems because they typically create net positive value in the world.
But what I like more than good ideas are examples of good execution. The pool of people whom I know that can actually execute are consistently more interesting to be around because they actually make things. I’ve come to a conclusion that there are people who think, people who execute and, rarely, people who do both. I will always look to do business with people who have a proven track record of execution over people who generate ideas, but not much more.