How billion dollar ideas die and how you can save them.

Do you know that we come across around 70,000 ideas (big and small) in a single day? That includes interrogative pronouns like What, Why, Who, Where, When, etc. Why ideas come is a bit technical (as suggested everywhere on the internet and elsewhere), but here’s what I understood: When we are involved in a creative process which uses the creative side of the brain like exercising, driving, or say taking a shower, a drug called dopamine is released which acts as a catalyst for thinking process. But there are many other activities which aren’t creative, but we need to do them anyway. So in those cases ‘distraction’ is the key to get creative as “a distraction may provide the break we need to disengage from a fixation on the ineffective solution.” says Harvard researcher Carson.

But as we have those ideas flashing in front of us every day, have you ever wondered what happens to them? Most of them never see the light of the day. Few are taken to the next logical steps but aren’t executed. The remaining ones are taken, executed, re-thought, and a few months/years later, they really change us and the world.

Why we are afraid to put ideas into actions have various reasons. Here are few:

  1. We think too much about the execution process.
  2. We are not willing to take risks.
  3. We don’t want to leave our comfort zone.
  4. We try to control the outcome.
  5. Most importantly, we are afraid to fail.

So what’s the solution to put ideas into action?

  1. Stop calculating the risks too much.
  2. Take the first step right away.
  3. Live and work in an environment where your family members and peers encourage you.
  4. Be ready to taste failure. (chances are always there)
  5. Learn from your mistakes and try again.

By taking those important steps towards execution one will increase his/her chances towards success. Who knows what it can turn up into? The possible rewards after executing an idea can be: owning a good business of our own interest, money to ensure a decent standard of living, fame, peace of mind or an amazing level of confidence. But an education about how to execute ideas is the best one can get.

For those who might be thinking that “Okay! But what if the money involved in an idea is huge, then what?” The answer is again somewhat similar; if you believe in your idea and feel positive about it, then it is worth spending your time, energy and money into it. You don’t need an Einstein’s equation to get a solution. Trust me, I am following the same motto since I launched this website. Now-a-days, I don’t think much about the success or failure of a project. Once I am excited about a project, I just wave it a go-go flag. The rest what I get are rewards/lessons only.

Also, the key of having a successful business or career is to do as many projects as you can, so that you learn from trial and error method. After all, you don’t need to spend 1000 hours on a single piece of paper to get the right Mona Lisa; you just need to spend 1000 hours on more than 10 paintings to get a better Mona Lisa.

I hope you will talk less and do more with your ideas. I will leave you with one of the best quotes about executing ideas I know, quoted by Swami Vivekananda:

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, and live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”

Are you getting ideas again? Close this blog right and take a step towards it.

Author: Sankalp Sinha

👨‍💻 Senior Product Designer | 🌐 Working remotely | 📐 Heavily organized | ✍ Writing about my experiments in Professional & Personal Life | 🙆‍♂️ All about me 👉sankalpsinha.com

32 thoughts on “How billion dollar ideas die and how you can save them.”

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