"I don’t have any good ideas"
That’s a common mantra among those that say that they want to leap, but haven’t, and aren’t, and won’t.
What they’re actually saying is, “I don’t have any ideas that are guaranteed to work, and not only that, are guaranteed to cause no criticism or moments when I’m sure the whole thing is going to fall apart.”"
Seth Godin, wise as ever, tells it like it is.
To solve this paradox, he wrote a wonderful children’s book for grownups about vulnerability and the creative life.(via explore-blog)
I usually just pass on by and resume my day, but I had to comment, if just for my own edification….
"I don’t have any good ideas" doesn’t necessarily mean "I need guarantees to do anything", and in fact, for me most often means EXACTLY what it says: I don’t have a good idea right now.
I.e., I don’t have something that seems worth pursuing with time and energy because I’m not invested in it. Isn’t that foremost? I’m not ‘feeling’ it, I have no investment, and I lose interest and energy in polishing turds just for the sake of it, and damnit why should I waste time polishing turds when I should just generate ideas until I actually get a good one?
Granted, some might say that it’s the follow-through that makes the idea, and I know all ideas do require development; this isn’t the same thing as simply pursuing all your terrible ideas, however, which the above quote implies….