Start your stupid idea. And figure it out along the way. You’ll make mistakes. You’ll connect with people. You’ll get challenged in your thinking and you’ll grow.
Interested in writing? Set up a blog and start writing. Not sure what to write about or publish? Make a list of topics that you’d like to talk about and act as though you are talking to one person that asked you a question.
Interested in starting a business? Set up a dba or an LLC and learn as you go.
Story time: I’ve always wanted to have a business. I never knew what it’d be. In high school I always found ways to hustle be it bus tickets provided by the school, or hustling the students during the holidays like Valentine’s Day. I’d give up my lunch hour and ask permission for the digital camera and photograph the students and making my own back drops.
Why you haven’t started your stupid idea:
There’s no one to support you or believe in you. – this here is important and we’ll talk more about this in another post. You don’t know where to start. You are afraid of failure. Your not sure what direction to take. You are worried about other people’s opinions.
You know starting isn’t the hard part – keeping the momentum is what’s difficult.
It becomes difficult to maintain a schedule, especially when life happens, to answer everyone’s questions and concerns, to reply to everyone’s emails, tweets, instagram, facebook and any other social media platform you can think of.
It’s hard to start that stupid idea because you are thinking of what your content should be about. You’re wondering who’s your target audience. And asking is anyone going to notice.
Here’s the truth: no one is going to care. Your friends and family may be the first ones to support you because they are your family. Along the way you may find that the direction you were headed is not what you wanted to do. And that’s okay. It’s more than okay. By finding out all the things you don’t want to do, you are that much closer to finding what you’d love to do.
As a child the one thing I knew for sure is that I wouldn’t dread my work. And I wouldn’t work In a cubicle. Granted at the moment my desk is in one, it’s not closed off. And I have my art hanging from the walls. I’ve made it a bit personal, with words of affirmation, beautiful art work and snaks no one can resist.
But Keshna your telling me to start my stupid idea- is my idea really that stupid? Probably not but your ideas are worthless.
Josh Steimle ,
CONTRIBUTOR of forbes.com states,
“An idea only has value when combined with proper implementation, which includes the right team in place to perform the implementation.”
Ok Keshna but Can you share how you started your stupid idea? Oh sure! I thought you’d never ask- I started out blogging because someone suggested it. I didn’t know what to write about exactly so I figured I would write my thoughts aloud about becoming and industrial designer. I couldn’t find anyone else on the internet that was documenting their journey to becoming a professional designer of any kind. Specifically I was looking to be an industrial designer. One thing for sure is that to get into a great company it’s challenging and competitive. Part Of me didn’t believe I’d get in. At the time I was blogging I was working retail for an accessories store. I figured I can make my own accessories and I started to make a few. I sold very few pieces because I didn’t have an audience. No one knew what I was doing just that I had jewelry to sell. That failed. From there I stumbled across other blogs that were talking about finances design and business. I decided that I’d document a journey to starting a design studio. Now I work for a packaging design company. This past year was a journey filled in figuring out what I had to offer what I had to say and ways to improve my writing. This was the best idea I started because I’m investing not only in myself and my future – but helping others along the way.
So this year I challenge you to start your stupid idea. Who knows your idea may not even be that stupid.
related articles: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshsteimle/2013/09/01/why-great-ideas-are-worthless/