How many times have you heard this expression?
Probably a lot.
It’s one of those expressions that is repeated ad nauseam, so much in fact that most people consider it void of content. It’s not and especially as a domainer, you have to understand that.
Pretty much all domainers, at one point or another, ended up saying something along the lines of “I wish I was there back in 1996″ and by saying this, it’s as if they think simply being there would have been enough.
The situation is far more complicated than that.
Out of all people who “were there” back in let’s say 1996, only a ridiculously small fraction actually ended up taking action, only a few of them started to build a portfolio.
You have to understand that things weren’t as obvious as they are today.
All of the people who “were there” had to put food on the table. Some of them had jobs, some of them had existing businesses and so on.
At that point, domains were an unproven concept.
Therefore, most people didn’t invest anywhere near as much time/energy/capital as they would have invested if they would have known what would happen in the future.
Some did, that’s true.
But again, we’re talking about a ridiculously small percentage.
Do you know what the easiest way to lose your sanity is? Constantly losing sleep over the things you could or should have done differently.
Don’t. Just don’t!