On Changing Your Mind (or Don’t Be Afraid To Kill Good Ideas)
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary.
Posted by Ryan Neal
On Changing Your Mind (or Don’t Be Afraid To Kill Good Ideas)
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal

Sometimes, when we have a good idea and get to work on it, we see that idea through even though it might not be our best idea.

In late March of 2009 I had an idea for a blog. I bought a domain name, got a few different logos designed, wrote content, and had the site almost ready to go ...

That site was TravelGear without the vowels.

It was going to be a weekly travel gear review and travel tips site. Benefits would be three-fold. One: I'd get free travel gear. Two: I'd get to test said free travel gear. Three: I'd get to connect with bloggers.

I didn't plan on writing the blog to make money. (Sound familiar?)

A New Idea

By now it was the end of May 2009 and I was getting close to launching. And then ... I had a new idea for a blog that I felt really passionate about. It would be about inspiring people. Helping people. And connecting with people.

That is what you're reading right now.

Once I had the idea for Ridiculously Extraordinary (I didn't have the name yet, just the concept), I immediately dropped TRVLGR, and got to work again.

If you look in the early archives of this site you can see a couple articles that were originally written for TRVLGR:

Zero The Hero or How To Pay 0% Credit Card Transaction Fees When Travel Outside The US

Powder Is For Babies (or How I Keep My Only Pair Of Shoes From Smelling Like Boiled Rat Piss On Extended Trips)

When I had the idea for Ridiculously Extraordinary it was like a fire was lit under my ass. I spent all of June 2009 writing, writing, writing at least 1,000 words/day. Sometimes upwards of 3,000. It was all coming so easily and it reinforced that I made the right decision. (Now in hindsight I'm definitely sure I made the right decision.)

Don't Be Afraid To Kill Good Ideas

My point is, don't be afraid to kill a good idea when you have a better idea.

But here's the rub: don't make that a habit.

Some of us jump from "good idea" to "good idea" and never get anything done.

That's not at all what I'm advocating. What I'm advocating is to focus all your energies on an idea until you see it through or until a fire is lit under your ass for a better idea. This won't happen often.

If I would have launched it would probably currently be languishing amongst millions of other blogs. The passion would have died. I'm not passionate about writing travel gear reviews, although it is fun every once in a while.

Should You Continue With Your Idea Or Kill It?

This is a difficult question to answer.

If you're truly passionate about something you won't give much thought to trying something else.

Since launching I've had tons of ideas for other Web sites, but none of them hold a candle. I'm having too much fun with this to do something else. More than that, I'm not going to stretch myself thin and start another project in addition to this one. Focus is as important as passion.

How about you: how do you handle all the ideas that come to you? Do you try every single idea hoping something sticks? Do you focus on just one until it's a failure or success? I'm interested in your idea vetting process ...