When Is and Idea more than a Idea?

When it makes sense. Everyone has ideas. Everyone has the way they think it should be, but there are many factors
that can contribute to how an idea come become more than an idea.
Does it make sense?

Feasible? (financially and resource wise)

Does it fit our goals?

Is there more to it that we aren’t seeing?

Is there an easier way?

What are we going to gain?

How long will it take?

Does anyone else agree?

Do you actually know what you are talking about?
I could probably keep going for another 100 questions. This series of question applies to everything you do
where someone has an idea. Your job is the thing most people thing of, but it applies to more: You and your friends
going out on a Friday night, you and your bandmates writing songs, just apply it to pretty much any situation.

You should try to make sure you “pre-qualify” your idea, so, #1, you don’t look like a total goof when you
bring it up, but then also when you get asked follow up questions, you know what you are talking about.

If you think you won’t know what you are talking about when someone tries to poke holes in your idea,
then it probably means you need to do some more research, or probably that your idea isn’t very good
in the first place.

Many people have ideas, but then have no follow up on how to follow through with them. Usually
that is where ideas that are bogus will get filtered out. Once you get other people to buy
into your idea and they actually thing its a viable thing to do, then it is easier to
get things pushed into an “action”

Sometimes too, your idea might be good, and in some given situations, if you can, just do it,
and if you are sure that it is a winner, and then it turns out to be, apoligize later. ๐Ÿ™‚

By Steve Novoselac

Director of Digital Technology @TrekBikes, Father, Musician, Cyclist, Homebrewer

2 replies on “When Is and Idea more than a Idea?”

I agree with you when you’re in the context of situations that hold certain expectations. If you’re in a meeting where ideas or projects are regularly evaluated for validity, your darn tootin’ that you better have your ducks in a row. Same thing goes for your personal life when you get to a point of “Hey, I’ve got an idea – lets move in together”. Might want to have a plan beyond simply making that statement.

There are times where I don’t think its critical to have thought everything through. #1 – brainstorming exercises. Yes, there are some stupid ideas, but I’ve gotten some good nuggets out of really bad ideas. #2 – Hmmm… Which beer should I order?


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