Lonely Ideas

“Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.”

Jim Rohn

Does an idea really exist if you keep it to yourself? Or better question: is the idea really ours to own?

Creativity isn’t worth much if we keep it to ourselves. Financially, sure. It’s hard to make money off an idea we never make. However, creativity goes beyond the dollar signs. Creating is an essence of who we are as human beings. By reaching inside ourselves and pulling out a unique and personal idea that people can relate to, we can make an impact on someone’s life. And, if we are lucky, put a dent in the universe. But a secret idea is a lonely one.

Sure, ideas need time to get right.
Yes, someone could steal your idea if you share it.
And maybe your idea isn’t a good one.

But too much time and the idea will fizzle. And if we keep it to ourselves, who’s to say someone won’t come up with it and steal it anyway? Luckily, if the worst scenario happens, another bakers dozen of ideas will come by the end of the week.

Here’s the thing: Ideas are the easy part.
We will always have more ideas than we have time to make them happen.

The hard part is making our ideas real.

  • Getting it out of your head and on paper helps.
  • Talking about it to friends gives you feedback is a step in the right direction.
  • Giving it an identity — a name, logo, a personality — make it feel more real.
  • Setting up a website and social media gives you a little validation.

But in order to have the mind-space and impact we are looking for, we’ve got to starting building our idea and building it well.

Just like us, a good idea might have some talent, but in order for it to shine, it needs some work and rework.

The fact that any one of us can take something from our imagination and turn it into reality is amazing to me. We are all capable of making great things if we put our heart and sweat into it.

What are you going to make?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #738

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