If You’re Not Working on Your Best Idea, You’re Wasting Your Time

I write every single day. Whether it’s 500 words or 5000, I just do it.

I do this because the Code is my best idea and I want to breathe life into it. The only way to do that is to work on it; to work at it.

So I’m curious, what are you working on right now?

Are you working on anything at all? Or are you just kind of treading water?

That idea you had last year or the year before? That thing you thought of that excited you? What happened to it?

Did it just kind of slide? Did you let it slip away into memory?

See, your best ideas come to you for a reason.

Because they can be extraordinary if you let them

And they need you to let them, because nobody else can.

Breathe life into them, otherwise you’re simply accumulating a lifetime’s worth of potentially extraordinary ideas in preference for treading water and doing what’s easy or expected.

You’re just stuffing furniture with ideas and parking your butt on top of them.

That, my friend, sounds like the longest, slowest, saddest kind of death…

So begin
Start something

Step up and open up your best idea. See what’s inside it. See how you could breathe life into it.

Explore it with confidence in your ability to explore it, and you might just create, build or make a difference to something.

Don’t worry about how it might turn out or if you’re up to it. That’s the thinking that stopped you from starting last time around, remember?

If it turns out to be a dud, chalk it up to experience and move on. That’s just how it works sometimes so don’t sweat it.

It doesn’t matter if your best idea is a “success” in a conventional sense. It only matters that you give it a chance to be as extraordinary as it might be, which in my book is all the success you really need.

Otherwise, you’re just wasting your time.

Tell me, what are you working on? What would you love to work on?

  • Hi Steve,
    Luv the post! My “logical brain” believes that failures along the way are just learning devices but my “emotional brain” can’t get passed caring what everyone will think of me when I fail!! I know I’ll fail sometimes so How do I give away the desire for acceptance from everyone and kick criticism from jerks to the curb. I want to be able to fail then take my new experience and move onto my next (even better) idea? Fear of failure is the recipe for procrastinating/analysis paralysis!!!

  • I was beginning a post of my own and had heard this quote before so I googled it and the magic of the interwebs brought me here. I have struggled with this concept for some time getting muddled in the “ought tos” and the “shoulds” with mixed results. I have recently committed myself to the pursuit of my “best idea now!”

    I’m launching a new nonprofit that harnesses the best of what’s right in blended classroom learning and entrepreneurial thinking (especially the principles of Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup) and applies it to agencies serving those returning from incarceration and those with alcoholism, addiction, and mental health issues.

    I couldn’t be more excited! Thanks for the inspiration to keep moving!

  • First time I have found your blog, but good stuff! Sometimes the hardest part with something is to get started! I agree about putting your effort into your best idea, why waste time with the “other ones?”

    I will be back,

    • Crossing that line from passive to active is a whole book in itself Chris! Glad you found your way here, let me know what I can do for you.

      • Hi Steve, I came upon your book and website while trying to rid myself of self defeating voices in my head from a por test grade i received. The results from my test were poor because I did not go with my gut when answering multiple choice questions. I am studying to be a nurse, and my age is probably something I use as base of my fear. As thrilled as I am to have gotten to this point in my life, I still do not have the full confidence I should. Any positive feedback or suggestions will be helpful.

        • Forget “should” Dawn. That comparison between where you are and where part of you thinks you should be is the same as comparing yourself to a picture you once saw in a magazine – it’s irrelevant and it’s not helpful. I love the fact that you’re doing what matters to you and how thrilled you are – that counts. That counts for a lot. Life is full of tests Dawn, so if there was something to learn from this one, what would it be?

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