A Million Ideas

“Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.”

Steve Jobs

No matter how many good ideas we may have, we’re still limited by how much time we can give to each of them. Limited might be the wrong word. By deciding what not to do we have an opportunity to choose what truly matters to us, so that we can focus our efforts it, and temporarily shelve—or even let go of—the rest.

Making one idea happen is hard at best. And trying to juggle multiple ideas can quickly become too much to handle if we are saying yes to too many things at once.

We need to let some of our ideas go, so that the more important ones have a better chance of succeeding.

Or in other words, we need to “kill our darlings” as the expression goes.

It’s a lot like planting trees. If trees are growing too close to one another, they will crowd each other out and want have as much nourishment they need to thrive. (Learned that little insightful nugget from Animal Crossing.)

Ideas need space to breathe. Try to grow too many ideas at once and you’ll split your time, energy and attention to the point where none of them are getting what they need to succeed.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1420 (draft 2)

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