So You Have Awesome Ideas?
How often have you raised a new idea at work, only to have it shot down by your boss or colleagues? Or shared a unique design with a friend, just to have their negativity and insecurities smash it to pieces?
This kind of discouraging attitude is unfortunately all too frequent, and it can quickly kill off your promising ideas before they’ve had a chance to see the light of day.
One of the great innovation myths is that great ideas arrive in perfect form, needing no further development. But this is unrealistic; great ideas require hard work and nurturing.
Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star because his editor felt he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
Oprah Winfrey was publicly fired from her first television job as an anchor in Baltimore for getting “too emotionally invested in her stories.”
Vera Wang failed to make the 1968 US Olympic figure-skating team. Then she became an editor at Vogue but was passed over for the editor-in-chief position.
J.K. Rowling was a single mum living off welfare when she began writing the first “Harry Potter” novel that she often wrote in cafés on scrap pieces of paper.
Can you see the pattern here? These people all failed before they became a success, but they kept creating new ideas. They ignored the knockers and listened to the right people, especially themselves.
A vital aspect of having good ideas is having lots of them! For example, the composer Beethoven obsessively recorded every thought that popped into his head, and even interrupted conversations and walked out in the middle of meals to do so. And one of my favorite novelist Ernest Hemingway wrote and then rewrote dozens of his stories, continually changing the characters, plots and themes according to his new ideas.
So, keep generating ideas and don’t give up when problems present themselves. If you believe in the concept, work to overcome the initial challenges.
When I became a stylist, people often questioned me on how styling others could become a success. I went on to run one of Australia’s largest style and image companies.
When I studied to become a therapist/coach, people questioned me as to why I would want to work so hard to sit there and listen to everyone’s problems. This snowballed to me saving 100’s of marriages, companies, teenager’s lives and the list goes on.
Now I am a blogger. From all my past experiences, I have learned to have thick skin and only listen to - and surround myself with - inspirational people. There is no room for the ones who try to bring me down.
Don’t let anyone rain on your parade. Be ‘green and growing, not ripe and rotting’. You never know what will happen and how you will meet the most encouraging people.
If you need motivation and wish to learn the myths of innovation that hinder our creativity, check out the book “The Myths of Innovation” by Scott Berkun.
This book addresses common misconceptions about what it takes to become a successful innovator. Using real-life examples from both recent business history and the arts, Berkun reveals where good ideas come from.
A brilliant read for all of us who are open to new ideas.
Has anyone every rained on your parade when you have had a brilliant idea?
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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