New Ideas Are Overrated – Here is why

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we love new ideas

Ideas transcend religion, culture, and ethnicity. They are universal and they bond us as a species.

Ideas allow us to evolve ourselves. They speak to our imagination. Tickle the creative inside us, the critic inside us, and best of all, they give us different perspectives so that we can learn.

Ideas make us strive for novelty. Because we always want to grow, and be a better version of ourselves every single day.

Ideas can be fascinating, and inspiring, and encourage you to do things you never thought you’d otherwise do. Ideas make you thrive, and they are an amazing tool you can use so easily to help others thrive, too!

But ideas can also put you off. Or maybe even scare you. They can provoke you. And if you’re not careful, they can get the worst out of you.

Ideas can set you up for failure, and maybe even embarrassment, or shame. They can turn your friends into enemies. And create a distance between what was once close.

But above all…

… ideas and the people who come up with them give us hope. They are like snowballs. Because ideas spark more ideas, and more ideas and more. Until they’ve touched enough lives and the novelty slowly but surely wears off. And maybe, just maybe, they gently settle in as the new norm and take on a life of their own.

Everyone has ideas. Lots and lots of them. We love coming up with ideas. And sharing them with the world.

But generating ideas is overrated. And there’s one big problem with most ideas – making them happen.

It’s not just about generating ideas. It’s about showing enough grit, courage and perseverance to actually make them happen. Any idea without follow-through is like a car without an engine. It’s nice to talk about, but it doesn’t get you where you want to go.

Imagine the following scenario. If you are an entrepreneur, a business student or ever had to brainstorm as a group, you probably can relate.

You are attending an amazing workshop and are in a 10-people Group. You have just been assigned to come up with a new Business Idea.

As a team, you came up with a really cool idea that everybody was excited to work on right from the very start. You all worked to a pretty concrete plan that was very straight forward and easy to roll out.

But at the end of the workshop when the organizer asked who wanted to take ownership of this idea and lead the team towards a good outcome, everyone takes a step back and shied away.

What happened to this team of 10 that was so excited about this idea just half an hour ago?!

It’s impossible that every single one of them all of a sudden completely abandoned the idea, or didn’t like it anymore.

Sure. It’s an option that some of them weren’t all that excited, but definitely not EVERYONE, right?

Fear is what’s holding them back.

Fear of the unknown. Fear of novelty, and doing something new. Fear of failure. Or, in other words, fear of what happens when they step outside of their comfort zone.

The point we are trying to make here is simple, really.

I’m sure you’ve been in the exact same situation. You had this idea. You want to make it happen. But you allow (imaginary) fear to hold you back from actually doing so – whereas all you need is a little inspiration of people who have done it before.

Plenty of examples out there, all you need to do is be willing to listen. I assure you it’s not that scary after all. And once you’re out of your comfort zone, the magic that will unfold is gonna get you so hooked you’re never gonna wanna go back in! It’s simply how the brain works, the dopamine will keep you hooked!

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