I hear a lot of good ideas. (Yes, nearly everyone I meet I ask what they would work on if they had all the time and resources to make it happen.)
I see a lot of people quickly give up on their good ideas because when they communicated them, they didn’t communicate them clearly and got discouraged.
Certainly if you can’t communicate your idea, it’s not a good one, right?
You see where I’m going here.
We need to surround ourselves with people who don’t criticize our ideas, but point out the spaces which aren’t clear.
When people ask about your idea, (usually) they’re not trying to break you; they’re sharing their confusion with you.
When I ask a question to flush out someone’s idea and I know they can’t respond immediately, I say, “you don’t need to respond right now. Think about it differently and get back to me later.” Sadly, few understand clarity is something figured out over time.
For now, know you have permission to go back to the drawing board, you have permission to suck, you have permission to think about it a bit more.
For great (not just good!) ideas follow these steps:
1) share your ideas
2) listen to people’s confusion so you know what you need to clarify
3) break. think about things differently
4) share your idea again
5) repeat steps 2-5
Stay Positive & Please Don’t Get Held Up On Step 1