Friday, October 20, 2006

How to Kill a Good Idea

This applies to any endeavor, business or otherwise. There are at least seven ways a good idea can be effectively murdered:
  • Get real busy. When you are busy, you will not have the time to concentrate or even think. Stay busy, and just maybe you can get yourself depressed enough that you won't even care about any ideas.
  • Steal an idea. Just turn your brain off, and any ideas that dare enter will be lulled to sleep with boring solutions.
  • Complain that you don't have any ideas. A good self-fulfulling prophecy never hurt anyone — much. Use your brain for this activity, and keep that pesky creativity at bay.
  • Don't go anywhere. Stay put, and you should be stuck for days. (All work and no play, makes Johnny a dull boy. All work and no play, makes Johnny a dull boy. All work and no play, makes Johnny a dull boy...etc.)
  • Stick with the tried and true. Go with what you know. Don't experiment with different ways of thinking. Your best motto is, "If it worked yesterday, it will work today."
  • Abuse yourself. Nothing kills ideas better than making yourself sick.
  • Get yourself real anxious. The more you worry, the better you will get at wacking any of those little cute and cuddly insights.

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