Whether we have bad ideas, or very good ideas, we get very attached to them. We guard them as secrets in our heads. Sometimes (maybe most of the time) we fantasize about our ideas more than we actually work at materializing them (e.g prototypes, presentations, making wire-frames, collaborating with others, business, organization, group, etc).
Every day, there are hundreds — even thousands of good and bad ideas being conceived and implemented. Imagine if we could join our brains like clusters of computers and share it’s output. This is what communication does. Communication at its core allows us to our share thoughts, ideas, and points of view. We can gather feedback, work together, and exchange emotions.
I personally don’t like when somebody tells me “I don’t like it”, or asks, “What does it do?”, or “What is it for?”. It is much better to hear, “Oh, I get it..”, “I love it!”, “When are you launching?”, or “Wow, people could use something like that!”.
As we build and conceptualize our thoughts, we need to ask questions of more people, gather even more feedback, form lots opinions, bounce ideas more, and simplify them. Think of this as a factory with the high speed factor in place (How to Kill Your Ideas). Don’t ask questions with the line of thought, “Why shouldn’t it work?” . Instead, ask “Why will this work?” questions. You can read more about asking the right questions in the article called “How I brew ideas like Flash“.
Nobody’s opinion that your idea is a bad idea matters. You have to sort through the feedback and draw your own conclusions.
I won’t let negative feedback bring me down. If somebody were to come to me and tell me that I have bad ideas, my response will be “How could it be better?”
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@codex73 +Francis Suarez