Why You Must Explore Your Imperfect Ideas


What do you want? Why haven’t you created it yet? What are you afraid of? What gives you a sense of purpose?  What risk are you not taking in an effort to play it safe?  

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
— Mark Twain

I posted this quote on social media yesterday as a reminder because I’ll be putting ideas and work into the world that may not be perfect. People may “steal” them and make them better before they’ve been fully created. I know they have to be shared anyway. I’ve met a lot of entrepreneurs, “solopreneurs” and change-makers that hold on to brilliant ideas and coddle important dreams for years in the hopes of perfecting them first. More often than not, nothing happens and brilliant ideas wither away.

I’m familiar with the concept that creatively we should throw a bunch of sh*t at the wall and see what sticks but this isn’t comfortable for many of us. Displaying “imperfect” work for the world to judge isn’t what most of us aspire to do but we also have to recognize that we don’t get to our best work until we do put it out there. Eventually, through iteration, it finds its place. (Take a look at this short video from Ira Glass on this same concept.)  Great work can never be “stolen” because no one else can create it in the same way that we will. We all have magic waiting to be explored, created and brought to life in a way that only we can.

So I’ll share ideas before they’re fully formed and ask for feedback and suggestions until I get to the place where I find the magic.  (More to come on this in the coming weeks but it involves on-line collaboration, community and mentoring.)

Is there something that you’ve been meaning to do? Something not quite fully formed that you’ve thought about for a long time? What is holding you back from putting your idea out there?  Could you take more risk, travel the unknown path? Consider what it might look and feel like for you to do the work you believe in, even before you’ve perfected it. Scary as hell but exciting, isn’t it?

When you commit to something, you make it happen. People will call, strangers will reach out and surprising coincidences may find their way into your path. Things around you begin to align with your purpose. Just do the work and keep talking until you create it. Before you know it, you’ll be putting your magic out into the world. “…Explore. Dream. Discover.” And CREATE.


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