As Seth Godin says in a recent blog, “the next big idea” does not have to be fully original or have no competition.
Actually, ideas and innovation often build upon each other. As Godin notes, “Henry Ford didn’t invent the car, and there were plenty of social networks before the dominance of Facebook. Madam CJ Walker didn’t invent haircare, and Ray Kroc definitely didn’t invent the hamburger or the French fry.” They inserted their own stamp on good ideas and took them to a new level. Innovation, if you will, based on prior innovations.
The really hard part is almost always “showing up to lead.”