What Makes An Idea a Good Idea? By John DiStefano

Let’s start by trying a Google Search: “What is an idea?”

Result: “A thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action.”

The one thing I want to express here is the word “action” because the only way an idea can exist is if we act on it. 

There’s a lot of talk about how difficult it is to have ideas. I don’t think that it is the case. We have ideas all the time. We just don’t act on them. We think an idea must be something big, a world-changing event. But why is that?

We often disregard the small idea and think it is unworthy or insignificant. But funnily enough, most people wait for their ‘big idea’ and end up never acting on anything. This way they never achieve anything. All the big ideas require many actions and because of that, we never start. What is the point?

Bringing your ideas to life

The truth is that whatever your idea is, it will only come to life if you act on it.

Never underestimate the power of small ideas.

If you act on it, you bring it to life – and this is more than most people will ever do. Put some effort into the small things, and by doing so, you make them big.

If you have many small ideas, but never act on them, how will you ever trust yourself to do the big ideas? You won’t! You will never bring any ideas to life if you don’t act.

Take a piece of paper and write down all the small ideas you think are not worth the effort.

Every day, take one of those ideas and make it alive through actions. Your confidence level will grow every day and everyone around you will start seeing you as being the person who can bring ideas to life.

Sooner or later, you will start tackling bigger ideas and – because of your experience with the smaller ideas – bring them to life as well.

A thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action?

That brings us to the point of good ideas. My definition of a good idea is an idea we bring alive and not just think about.

Let’s do it!

John diStefanoAbout the Author: John DiSTEFANO is one of Your Monthly Mentors.He started his first company in 1993 in Germany and has been an entrepreneur ever since. His businesses ranged from Advertising over Marketing and Sales to IT to mention the main areas. In 2014 John formed the Entrepreneur Academy in Brussels, Belgium with the aim to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to grow, learn and practise. He is actively involved in many student organisations throughout Europe and regularly invited to talk about entrepreneurship. Read More… 

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