…he issue. It’s figuring out a problem to solve, a marketplace to disrupt, an experience to be made. Ideas are worthless. Iterations of existing ideas are meaningless. Disrupting through execution is worthwhile.
One of the things Joe Gebbia always said to me about Airbnb was that he cared much more about the entire experience of your vacation—whether you felt welcomed by your host, whether you were able to easily find and get into the apartment you booked, whether your expectations for the place were met (and exceeded)—than about exactly how you felt as you were interacting with the Airbnb app to make a booking. The functionality of “finding a nice/unique/convenient/affordable place to stay” is technically what many people use AirBnb for, but the real goal is for you to have a wonderful, memorable time wherever you’re going.
Instead of measuring our self worth by title, income, and company logo, let’s measure it by the places we’ve seen, the people we’ve loved, and the conversations we’ve had. That’s a much better way to structure personal achievement than mere dollars or labels.