How Many Bad Ideas Does it Take to Get to A Good One?

How Many Bad Ideas Does it Take to Get to A Good One?

July 20, 2018

It is a quiet Friday today. Optimism re: this job abounds, unlike before (Try To Be Optimistic On Your Birthday At Least). I’ve come up with a new idea and I think it’s a good one!

The rumblings are now that we may get more funding so that takes some pressure off. My happiness, though, is mostly due to my new ‘side hustle.’ I am going to start vlogging as professionally as I can. I’ve been practicing making videos and editing them with the equipment I have but soon I am going to upgrade and take it to the next level.

I want to help people over 50 who find themselves single. To have hope so that they can start rebuilding the second half of their lives. Help with now. Not what they should have done 20 years ago or should do 5 years from now but right NOW. Reinventing? Revealing! Reassuring…rejuvenating…

Practical things they can do but done through the stories I tell from my own life and those of my friends.

I want to ensure that my content is meaningful and helpful. I am not going to swear or say anything awful. Well, I will try not to swear. I aim to be honest and true.

Update – I Have Another Idea

Well, the vlog died a horrible death when a friend of mine invited one of my ex’s onto the site where I was posting them. Can you think of anything worse than an ex watching you talk about them? Displaying the emotions you had carefully hidden? Having these splayed out like the carcass of some beast they had successfully subdued and then lost interest in? I was beyond mortified.

I have given up vlogging. It was difficult to do, anyway. The editing and the uploading were always a crapshoot.

And then there was all the truth required.

I will have to come up with another idea for reaching people. Could this be it? Is anyone reading this?

I love this post from Anastasia Shch: Your Bad Ideas Have More Value Than You Think

She says, “In fact, John Kirwan, a professor of rheumatology at the University of Bristol, conducted an experiment to calculate how many bad ideas do you need to generate a good one. He noticed that only 2.7% of the ideas were “exceptionally good”. So less than 3 ideas out of 100 were interesting and original enough.”

Man, I’ve got a long way to go! It is kind of interesting that this John Kirwan is actually a professor of rheumatology. I’m not sure how come he was conducting the experiment on ideas. Perhaps he was trying to prove a point that studying rheumatology had not been in his 2.7%…:D


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