Finding My Idea
Happy Wednesday! I hope you enjoyed Monday’s article on harnessing ideas. After we decide to get to work, picking an idea is often the next roadblock.
It took me a while to come up with the idea for Effective Nerd. I knew I wanted to run a website, but there were too many topics I wanted to cover. The idea evolved over time. This is fine because I was not ready to get started.
I had just graduated from grad school. I was working many jobs to cover my student loans. I had not yet found a job in my field of study.
More importantly, I didn’t want my job to be the only defining accomplishment of my life. I don’t have a single field of study. What I have is a wide variety of interests. I have an artistic vision and a creative mindset. My career is just one extension of my skills.
The concept of Effective Nerd solidified itself when I realized it was the website I had been unsuccessfully searching for. Sure, there are a lot of self-help websites. There are an endless amount of sites for comic books, video games, and music. However, I could not find a website that combined both topics (at least none that fit well for me personally).
I almost started a student loan debt relief website
I almost started a Walking Dead fan site.
This idea changed my life. I don’t think I have had a better creative idea since. Yes, I still spend 40 hours a week in a cubicle. However, this idea has led me into the most prolific period of my creative life thus far. This isn’t even factoring in all of the great people I have met, and excellent art I have consumed.
What Do You Think?
The right idea can change everything. However, waiting for the perfect idea isn’t correct either. You don’t know how an idea will pay out until you start getting the work done. Experimentation is an important step in the creative process.
“I think people tend to throw out bad ideas too quickly. I’ve found that a lot of my better ideas tend to start as really bad ones. Instead of waiting to come up with the perfect idea, I try to look at what I like and don’t like and see what changes I can make. Often the first bad idea gives you a stepping stone towards a better one.”
I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes the first iteration of an idea is not the best. However, as the idea develops or becomes combined with other ideas, it can evolve into a great concept.
This is why I advocate for writing down every idea, good or bad. Thoughts can swirl together, change and grow. It is a horrible feeling to want to revisit an idea and not remember all of the details.