Man, if I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard the “ideas don’t matter, execution matters” riff, I could buy a lot of beer for my friends.
Even if I think there are a lot of good reasons for thinking this (which I do), well, Congratulations! You’ve just dispensed with the need for Beethoven, Picasso, George Eliot and Einstein. Hell, you can say goodbye to Apple, Ferrari and The Boston Red Sox, while you’re at it.
The truth is that the silver bullet is talent AND execution – focus, determination and people who can help make all that talent shine to the outside world. Without execution the world doesn’t ever get to see the talent, and without the talent, there is just a check list.