"Houston....Do We Have A Problem?"
I can't believe I'm doing this
but.... in order to save my marriage and possibly my family's bank account (see below) I decided I better seek an outside opinion about a crazy idea I have. My wife says she's supportive but I cringe to think what might happen if this idea is too crazy and it doesn't work out.
The pessimist in me says to keep my idea to myself because it will never work and is too crazy. The optimist in me says that a great idea will never be great if nobody knows about it, so I decided it was worth the risk of humiliation to put my idea out there and see what happens.
Basically I need a reality check....so don't be kind, be honest. If you think my idea has merit please tell me. If you think it's stupid, please tell me (preferably with reasons why you think it's stupid). My future may depend on it....so here goes: A Little Background First:
My passion for fantasy sports (football especially) is unparalleled to anything else in my life (besides the love of my family). For a while now I have dreamed of somehow making a living from this passion. I want to leave my mark with something unique and worthwhile to the fantasy community that has given me so much joy. I had just about given up hope that I would find that something until it finally hit me one day. I had a ‘big idea’ (or at least I think it is). My Big Idea:My idea is to create a clothing brand based around fantasy sports. I mean heck…every other hobby out there has one (and in a lot of cases more than one) that lets them express their passion for their hobby.For Example:
Tattoo enthusiasts have Ed Hardy
Fly Fisherman have Orvis
Bass Fisherman have Bass Pro Shops
Hunters have Cabelas
Snowboarders have Burton
Skateboarders have DC
MotoX Riders have Fox
Golfers have Callaway
All Sports have Nike & Under Armour
- etc….The list goes on and on, and many times there are dozens of brands for each hobby! My Vision:
I want to create something that the fantasy enthusiast can wear proudly to show their passion for fantasy sports! I envision a crisp logo on hats, t-shirts/sweatshirts, car decals, etc... that is very distinguishable, and when people see it they instantly know that you’re a serious fantasy enthusiast. I know I would like to ‘sport’ a brand that shows I’m a fantasy enthusiast, but maybe I’m in the minority?
I have many ideas on how to go beyond a brand and make it into a lifestyle brand but I will keep those ideas to myself as I just want to know if my idea has any wings. I realize that by putting this idea out there I may be setting myself up for the 'negative group mindset' that doesn't want to see someone succeed but I trust that you will all be completely honest and not try to kill my dreams 'for the fun of it'.The Cold Hard Truth:
I would have to borrow money from my family to pursue this crazy dream so I would prefer to save myself the headache of doing so if my peers think it's a dumb idea and aren't excited about it.
Please help me to know whether I should kill my dream before it starts, or pursue it with confidence. Thanks ahead of time!
Last edited by FFisLife on Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:08 am, edited 2 times in total.