You don’t have to build the next Google to get noticed

18th November 2016

Everybody thinks you need to be Google or Facebook or Uber if you want to make a real impact.

But that’s a lot of work and requires you to lock yourself in for a long time to a life of programming and bug fixing.

Instead I’d rather focus on finding a problem and fixing it, no matter how small. It makes life more fun to find a problem and solve it for good, rather than just putting out fires.

Take one example:

I love ginger beer. It is really the best drink in the world. In Japan, a single bottle (non alcoholic) costs about ¥400, or about £3. That is far too much for my liking, and not to mention that it is exceedingly uncommon, and I’ve only found 2 stores in Tokyo that stock my favourite beverage.

So I looked up online how to make it at home, and after trying and failing a few times, I found a really great site that went through how to make real fermented ginger beer!

Delicious, perfect, amazing.

I’m not saying you can reach a billion users like Facebook Messenger, but you are more than capable of helping people and making them happy, and there are plenty of monetisation opportunities for problem solvers.

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