Your lists are overflowing with ideas. Ideas for growing your practice, managing your investments, raising your kids, places to see and things to do and thousands of other things you saw or heard or thought.
You have pages of notes and “someday/maybe” tasks, deferred projects, techniques for getting more organized, strategies for increasing your productivity, and ways to find inner peace.
You have lists of books to read and videos to watch, ideas for blog posts and articles to write, courses to take, and websites to explore.
Am I right or am I right?
I know I’m right because I have these, too.
Let’s be honest. Let’s admit that most of these ideas aren’t very good and (thankfully) we’ll never do most of them.
But that doesn’t mean we should stop collecting bad ideas because out of that massive list of bad ideas come a few good ones.
And a few good ideas is all we need.
The thing is, if we only pay attention to good ideas, we stifle our ability to find the good ones.
Seth Godin said:
“People who have trouble coming up with good ideas, if they’re telling you the truth, will tell you they don’t have very many bad ideas. But people who have plenty of good ideas, if they’re telling the truth, will say they have even more bad ideas. So the goal isn’t to get good ideas; the goal is to get bad ideas. Because once you get enough bad ideas, then some good ones have to show up.”
—Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
The lesson is simple: if you want more good ideas, write down more bad ones.