On ideas

So I was having a conversation at work today about how creative folks always have big ideas rattling around in our heads. In some cases, we’re fortunate enough to have the skills and/or time to act on those ideas.

It made me think of a quote I ran across the other day:

“Exhilaration is that feeling you get just after a great idea hits you and just before you realise what’s wrong with it.” — Anonymous

It’s really easy to kill any idea (good or bad) by looking for shortcomings:

“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” –Western Union internal memo, 1876.

Sometimes it’s best to ignore the naysayers, overlook the obstacles, and act on your ideas. Dammit.

Those quotes and many more can be found here.