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Field of Dreams Fallacy

Category
Bureaucracy
Field of Dreams Fallacy

Definition

The notion that, "if you build it, they will come" where all that's needed to do is to simply produce a product and the market will beat a path to one's door, without considering the economic, political, cultural, and entrepreneurial effort and luck at play.

Origin

Named for the 1989 baseball film starring Kevin Costner where he heard a voice to build a baseball diamond in his Iowa cornfield in order for a mystical reunion of baseball legends (including his father).

Everyday Use

Whether it's writing a blog post, sending out a funny tweet, or submitting what you think is a perfect job application -- you can't simply expect results from making something. You have to combine that initial effort with even more hustling effort — finding an audience, pitching your ideas to the right people at the right time, putting in the elbow grease required to go above and beyond.