Bad idea

Successful people have good ideas- some of them brilliant. But even more of them are bad. We don't hear about those much. They are the ones that didn't make the cut. Many of us assume that people like Steve Jobs only have brilliant ideas. An iPod might be a one in ten thousand idea. Mr. Jobs was just willing to have more bad ideas than we are. He was willing to risk. It is actually successful people's willingness to have bad ideas that allows them to get to the good ones.

I have to go back to the Nike commercial with Michael Jordan (link) recounting how many times his team entrusted him to take the final shot and he missed. His somewhat famous quote is “I've failed over and over and over in my life and that is why I succeed.”

So basically, we just need to fail more. When we are willing to fail as many times as hugely successful people are, we will be hugely successful.

And, this perfection model of ours has got to go. It just inhibits us. We make hundreds, if not thousands, of decisions in a day. Is it really realistic to expect that they all be good? Then, with our propensity for the negative, we zoom in on our worst decisions of the day and identify with them.

Plus, we rarely notice our good decisions- because good decisions often prevent bad (and noticeable) outcomes. But bad decisions crash and burn. We definitely notice those. Then we say, "I make bad decisions, I better not try."

Or, we give up too early. We give our masterpiece two or three tries and then say, "Well, I guess it's not going to work. Another bad idea."

So join me. Got an idea? Let's see if that sucker flies.

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