How many times have you pushed an idea out of your head because it just seems too obvious? We’re certain someone has thought of it before or that it would never work. I’ve done it. We all have. This weekend I came across this remarkable little video by Derek Sivers that may make you reconsider those obvious ideas.
In a nutshell, the video suggests that everyone thinks their ideas are obvious. Even John Coltrane or Richard Feynman probably thought that everything they were playing or saying was pretty obvious. But guess what? They were brave enough to put it out there and everyone else thinks it’s brilliant.
Steve Jobs probably thought the iPod was pretty obvious too.
How often could we be negating potentially brilliant ideas in business simply because they seem obvious? Those obvious ideas can sometimes mean innovative or life changing products, increased efficiencies in the office, or a better way of doing business. Chances are you’ve had an obvious idea that your customers might find pretty amazing too.
Imagine what you could accomplish if you spent more time DOING rather than over analyzing every part of the process. We should stop letting our internal demons hold us back from creating and sharing and taking risks. Instead, we should pocket this reminder from Derek Sivers.
“We’re clearly a bad judge of our own creations. We should just put it out and let the world decide.”
What obvious idea of yours hasn’t seen the light of day?