How “Stupid” Ideas Are Often at the Core of Great Success Stories

Take action on that stupid idea to find out if it’s the one that makes you a genius

Jim Farina


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We’ve all had those ideas that seem brilliant when they’re conceived, and when we share them with friends who tell us how stupid the idea is, our enthusiasm dissipates. Sometimes the idea evaporates on its own, as dreams do, when we don’t take action, and it sits for too long. We might even wonder why we thought it was such a great idea in the first place.

The fact is, many seemingly stupid ideas have led to some of the world’s most significant innovations. Many new ideas are labeled stupid due to fear, doubt, confusion, or a lack of comprehension. Have you heard of Doggles? They’re fashion sunglasses created for dogs. They bring in about $3 million per year.

In 1876, Western Union rejected the idea of the telephone. They said, “the device is of no value to us.” Many of the great entrepreneurs had to have their ideas rejected initially. Sometimes they had multiple rejections before achieving success. It’s all about courage and trust.

Waiting until you’ve got the time and money is a poor excuse

I sometimes think of being an old man; I should say an older man, maybe in my 80s — I’m looking back with regret about all those things I thought about doing but never accomplished. All those hair-brained ideas I had but never followed through. It’s one of the reasons I began writing more seriously.

Most people do what they have to do first — earn money. And then they might consider doing something they want to do. Many think they can get rich quickly and then attempt living their dreams. For most, this results in a life lived chasing a paycheck while their dreams fall by the wayside.

Jeff Bezos imagined himself as an old man looking back on his life. This thinking prompted him to leave his Wall Street job and found Amazon. It’s an excellent motivator to allow your future regrets to inform your way to today’s imperative and take steps to bring your idea to life.

Break your idea into smaller bites and embrace change