I find the greatest difficulty I have with having so many “great” ideas is following them through to completion. A few years ago my brother, Philip helped me to process which ideas offered the most potential. It basically followed these steps:
1. Shoot down all the positive aspects of the idea:
Find as many different ways that the idea can fail, guaranteed you won’t be able to think of all of them, but if you are able to get a substantial list you will have a bit more perspective on what is actually a do-able task. I’ve used pros/cons lists, SWAT analysis, Use cases and general brainstorming in a variety of mediums to eliminate some ideas that I thought really had potential.
2. Look at what is required to complete the ‘great’ ideas and figure out what you need to learn to achieve the project.
This answers questions such as;
- Do I have the industry network/streamlined outsource access to suggest this idea and actually see results?
- Do I have the skill set? What skills do I lack and how long will it take to learn them?
- Does this idea fit into my future plans/goals?
- What is the risk/reward of this project? -Be REALISTIC or failing that, be PESSIMISTIC
- What is the estimated time frame required to complete this project? -If you are like me then you’ll always underestimate, but do this anyway… it will give you some sort of benchmark.
- Where is my guru? -Who can help guide you through the learning required and the steps to implement this task?… I have Philip to thank for saving me many years of wasted effort. The internet can also be your guru, but be wary…. the internet is like Yoda: cryptic, misleading and written in bad english!
3. Which requires the shortest time frame to complete?
Pick that idea and see where it goes….
best of luck.
There are plenty of great ideas but not enough people to complete them.
An idea without action is worthless.