99 STASHED IDEAS
Instead of rejecting ideas right away, it helps to delay the decision regarding which idea to work on, and which ones to put in the wastebasket. Have people rate your ideas and get a signal about what is worth working on.
An abstract idea, if given thought and further brainstorming, can gain legs and become exciting, something to pursue on. Thinking about ideas that might fail may seem counterintuitive, but can be the pathway towards a trillion-dollar project.
People rarely assess what their ideas are worth in an accurate way, failing to see the potential of the real gems and moving forward with less-promising or safer ventures.
While brainstorming, the second or third choice of ideas which are lower priority to us, often resonate well with others. The person with the ideas is paying more attention to the less abstract ideas which are close to their ultimate goal and do not need much imagination or foresight.
The ideas that are buried deep down are often abstract, and have true potential if we work towards them. These are not the low-hanging fruit, but are brilliant and revolutionary if worked upon.
Just like concept albums that sometimes have revolutionary music but are not released in the mainstream market, second-place ideas have the potential to change the world but are not highlighted due to their ‘wildness’ or unrealistic assumptions.
Our problems seem special and insurmountable, but they are petty and common. Most of them are already solved in the various books around us.
Reading is a conversation with the greatest people: Books are our conversations with Shakespeare, Lincoln, Einstein, and many others we wish to speak with. They are waiting for us, even after death, to sit and have a dialogue.
The best-case scenario is seldom the one that happens. It is okay to hope for the best. Some degree of optimism is necessary for trying anything new. Without it, we would not start a business or enter a new relationship.
Even when the best-case scenario comes to pass, it rarely unfolds according to plan. Unforeseen problems may appear due to lack of information. Or our ideas may take much longer to implement.
We rarely achieve the ideal. The more complicated a situation, the more people it involves, the more variables and dependencies that exist, the more unlikely it will work out perfectly.
The problem is that while there are many possible outcomes for any given endeavour, we only consider the best case. While it might come to pass, you're better off preparing for the likelihood that it won't.
Knowing that the future will not work out exactly as planned, it is better to prepare for a variety of outcomes, including some of the bad ones. Then, when the worst-case scenario happens, we realize it's not all bad, and we can manage if it happens again.
It will give you peace of mind that you can handle a wide spectrum of possible challenges.
While our brain has about a million GB of space, the real limitation or constraint is the time and mental energy. We do not really know how much physical energy we require just to do some mental work.
We need to focus on selective information, actively deciding to not engage in junk news consumption, and other mentally draining activities, saving our mental bandwidth for things we want to focus on.
Ignorance indeed is bliss, if practised selectively. News, people, topics, projects can drain a lot of our energy, and most of us seep into everything knowledgeable, thinking it’s the right thing to do.
The unlimited amount of information available on news sites, podcasts, social media can overwhelm anyone. One has to cultivate an intentional approach to one’s content consumption, work and relationships.
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge".
Though it requires time and practice, one can start selective ignorance by pruning unproductive and boring activities, negativity, unhealthy choices, and irrelevant content.
We need to find the right balance between the stuff we like and what we find useful, leaving out the tedious and draining tasks, choices and activities.
Thinking about your potential regrets give you clarity. It also helps you to remove a few pieces of confusion in the present caused by alternative paths. It helps you make the right decision more easily.