It doesn’t really matter whether you’re first or a fast second. It doesn’t even matter if you’re third or fourth or late to the game altogether.
What matters is maintenance.
If you build something, it is your responsibility to maintain it.
Google out invented Yahoo, Alta Vista, and Ask Jeeves. Now it’s on to powering search through AI.
Facebook, despite its current missteps, bought Instagram to ensure its social media hegemony.
Will Smith took his TV talents to the big screen.
Whether you’re a business, athlete, or a celebrity, you can’t expect to thrive on the same platform forever.
It’s not so much what you can do right now. The central question is whether you can survive the variables. Are you antifragile enough to optimize on the next unexpected transformation?
Nothing is stagnant. How does on stay afloat?
There is no evolution without some form of struggle. As a stoic would say, the obstacle is the way.