Danny Cox write in his book Seize the Day, “Even as new ideas are being developed, their horizons should be stretched. The world is full of useful products that resulted from attempts to solve problems that had nothing to do with the idea’s ultimate application. Part of remaining open to new ideas is to remain open to new applications. In finding broader or different applications for new ideas, you can also recruit support from other sectors that wouldn’t have had any previous reason to be involved.” Then he outlines few questions that we should ask ourselves about the new idea:
Can the idea be put to uses other than the use it was originally designed for?
Can the idea be modified in any way?
Can the idea be reduced in scale or expanded?
Can the idea be upgraded?
Can the idea be substituted?
Can the idea be rearranged?
Can the idea be reversed?
Can the idea be combined with another idea?
Then before you launched your new idea, ask also the following questions. These questions are helpful guide to making a go or not go decision on a new idea:
Does the new idea make better use of most peoples’ time, talent and energy?
Does the idea improve operations or product quality?
Does the new idea cut waste or unnecessary work?
Does the new idea improve working conditions and customer service?
A new idea doesn’t have to solve the problems of the world to be worth the shot. As long as a creative new concept meets the criteria set forth, it’s a valuable addition to your life. You will always have to use your best judgment and exercise discrimination. That’s simply part of being a responsible person. I know you can do it!
Maximize your idea.
“The answer is out there,” Thomas Edison said, “Find it!”
Lord, Give Us Today Our Daily Idea(s)