How to find a winning idea

It’s entirely possible you have a winning idea tucked away right now, without even knowing it. The thing about great ideas is that they often look like bad ideas, until they become hugely successful.

The laptop fad

In 1985, The New York Times asked; “Whatever happened to the laptop computer?” They pondered why laptops failed:

“[…] I.B.M. never legitimized the market with its much rumored ”Clamshell,” probably because the company realized that laptops are a small niche market, not a mass market.”
Similarly, when the electric light bulb was invented, some people said it would never become a mass market product. It was thought that there was no affordable way to get electricity to every home.

Is your idea a winner?

I speak regularly with business owners who want to know what I think of their business ideas. The challenge here, is that good ideas are not anointed. It doesn’t matter what I think or what your friends think. That’s not what makes an idea a winner.

If you want to know how good your idea is, you need to ship it. Get it out there. If you do, you will find it’s almost impossible to fail. It’s a win, win thing.

Here’s why:

If it flops, you will learn something, which you can invest in the next idea and greatly increase your chances of success.
If it flies, you have a success on your hands.
So, put your idea out there and give it a chance to fly!

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You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. -Galileo
In the end you can’t make anyone think anymore than you can make someone happy. Philosophers, artists and leaders have been trying to encourage our species to be better at thinking for centuries with debatable results. You can make pitches, you can provide opportunities, and you can give of yourself, but in the end it’s up to the other person to choose to be open to change.

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Live to Write - Write to Live

One year ago – after ten months of energetically marketing my novel – I followed The Artist’s Way, a twelve-week course in finding my way back to the page. Written by Julia Cameron, the book has become something of a bible for artistic types who want to work past all the blocks to creativity that we allow to get in our way.

The Artist’s Way started as a print book, but is now available in many formats, including an on-line course. Each week has a dedicated chapter that includes a series of exercises and tasks, such as collage-making and other non-language activities. One weekly assignment is the Artist Date – where you take yourself out for two hours to do something fun and different with your eyes and brain, like go to a museum. Honestly, in twelve weeks I never cut out pictures from a magazine and I…

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It’s Monday Morning and You Are a Writer

inspiring article. thank you!

Live to Write - Write to Live

It’s Monday morning and you are a writer.

How do you want to feel about your writing this week?

I want to feel productive, competent, and inspired.

How do you want to feel? Write your answers here:

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What do you need to think in order to feel this way about your writing?

I believe our feelings are always a result of our thoughts, so if I want to change how I feel I need to change what I’m thinking.

If I think thoughts like the one I most often have: I don’t have time to write, I feel really defeated. When I think that thought, I invariably get no writing done.

Instead, I need to think thoughts like:

  • I have plenty of time to get my writing done this week.
  • When I sit down to write, the words will come.
  • I get to write this week.

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