‘There’s A 99% Chance Your Idea Sucks’ – And that’s fine :)

Here is an interesting thought from Traci DiNunzio, Tradesy, for you to ponder upon when you get stuck in your creative process:

“If you are doing something, or thinking about doing something, and nobody else in the world is doing it, then there’s a 1% chance that you are a freaking genius and there’s a 99% chance that your idea sucks. If there’s a big market opportunity and something that customers really want, you are probably not the only person who’s going to think of it.”

Traci addressed the issue of competition head on by pointing out that if your idea serves a big market out there, it possibly isn’t that unique. Somebody else must have thought of it. For a creative professional, this means two things:

1. Be persistent

Your idea could be unique, or it could be not. If it is, congratulations. If it is not, you must keep doing it until you are better than other people who have done the same. Searching for the idea is important, but it also makes a difference if you keep doing the work.

Do not give up. You are almost there.

2. Competition is a lie

You need to stop looking at what other people are doing and focus on what you are doing. Other people will tell you, oh so and so already done that. Well, you could do it better. Here are how:

  • You save time. You don’t have time to start with. You cannot do everything at once. You have to choose.
  • You know what you don’t know. There are many reasons why somebody else is doing something. What you need to ask yourself is: why are you doing this, and what you need to do in order to get to where you want to be.
  • Good energy is not unlimited. Don’t spend it on trying to catch up with people. Catch up with your own dreams.

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