I remember having these conversations many years back. When I was still in polytechnic, I hung out with a lot of my friends who also rode motorcycles. We would spend late nights out together, exploring different areas of Singapore, going for supper and discussing about various stuff over teh tarik. We were only 19 or 20 at that time and had plenty of time to waste. There was this once when we actually came out with this idea, to deliver food to people who are able to order through us. We were definitely proficient and capable enough to set up our own websites and databases and shopping carts, since we all taking our diplomas in Information Technology. Mind you, this was before the introduction of McDelivery.
Our idea was to allow consumers to place orders and we would personally be the couriers to do the deliveries on our bikes. God blessed us with all the ideas but we were all talk and no action. We lacked the discipline and commitment to follow through. It was only until recently that Food Panda and Deliveroo were introduced, and I am quite certain that we came up with this idea at least 10 years ago.
Then there was this time when I was still serving in Security Ministry, I was stationed for duty with Kenny Teo and I remember he used to work as a goods delivery man, so while we were both performing our ministry tasks, I shared with him an idea for a new business. I vaguely recall telling him something like rich people don’t want to bother themselves with minute tasks, such as shopping for groceries. It would be an excellent idea if they just told us what they needed, and we will do the purchasing for them and have their groceries delivered to their homes. It is nothing too complicated or complex, but of course I was again all talk and no action. Today we have RedMart and Honestbee.
While life is full of missed opportunities and we can’t chase back the time that we have lost, if given a chance to go back and restart again, I would glady take it.
Otherwise that would become another missed opportunity.