When I was in school, I have been systematically discouraged with sentences such as „We don’t need more stupid ideas, like this one…“
You know, ideas per definition aren’t well thought-out.
They are work-in-progress-mental prototypes.
Maybe they have even no immediate practical application.
Which is kind of normal, I guess.
But „ideas beyond the mainstream“ are not well-accepted, because that’s how schools in some countries still work.
They are teaching you the standardized rules of life that are applicable in most situations.
But here’s the problem with that approach.
There are no standardized rules, after schools.
Yes, there are traffic rules and similar rules of civilized behavior.
But, standardized rules for success?
They don’t exist and never will.
There were plenty of „stupid ideas“ that made millions, especially in recent history.
Here’s just one of those ideas I’ve recently discovered…
Roni Di Lullo started a company called Doggles that produces… wait for it…
Sunglasses for dogs.
Imagine saying to your math or history professor that you’re going to invent sunglasses for dogs and become a millionaire.
They would probably encourage you to find a good job instead.
But Roni di Lullo became a millionaire.
Her company is worth $3,000,000 and she’s even kind of famous.
Now, don’t get me wrong.
She worked hard for it.
She was experimenting a lot to find the perfect shape for the dog’s head.
And that’s exactly the point here.
If you’ve got a good process for polishing and perfecting your ideas, none of them is inherently stupid.
And you never know which idea has the best potential.
So, it’s better to note down each of them.
You don’t have to act on them, though.
Just note them down.
At one point, a „stupid“ idea can start making sense.
For example, you can meet someone who can help you realize it.
Or, you can see that there’s a demand for that type of service, product, work of art, or whatever you had in mind.
When you have hundreds of ideas, it’s more likely that one of them will be valuable.
That’s why it’s important to note down each of them.
You need to stop filtering ideas.
Because here’s the thing…
You can’t possibly predict which idea will be valuable a few years down the road.
Maybe the one that seems least valuable today?
You never know.
One day, when the opportunity comes, you can take one of those ideas and turn it into an actual project.
This is when things become real.
This is where you set actionable, measurable goals for every week, month, and quarter.
And you start developing the idea into its final form.
In my life, including my school and university years I have been exposed to 100 jobs; in the slide below you can find a main selection of them).
While working in „roles“ apparently „not aligned with my medical school“ I have been often criticized with phrases such as…
„Why did you leave Italy for West Berlin? Are you crazy…?“
„You should focus on what you have studied…and not having these foolish jobs…“ „Why are you loosing at all your time & energy in doing that…?“ and my favorite one… „When do you start finally to think what you want to do really in your life?“
and so on.
The interesting part in my career journey was and is that in my career cycles (about 10 cycles) there was a time in which I used to apply what I had learned and at the same time I enjoyed to learning something completely new for me.
Looking back this has turned to be a very good success formula to design my job & life & purpose balance, be competitive in a very dynamic work labor environment as in Germany and enjoing FLOW at work.
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