Creativity and vision can be an amazing thing. You can have naysayers and detractors telling you to shy away from your goal. There’s plenty of advice out there that suggests you keep going on your path. Keep doing what you’re doing - “the naysayers will go away the minute you’re successful”. Right?
Well. Not always. The other side of this also exists. How many stories have you heard about people sinking their life savings into an idea or a vision that doesn’t go anywhere? “We’re all looking for that 1million dollar idea”. Segway is one example - a great idea that just didn’t fit the market. There are others.
When we are creative we can delude ourselves into thinking we’re better. We can convince ourselves our vision and our idea is revolutionary. It’s possible, but it’s also possible that we may be wrong. And at no point should you stop pursuing your goals or your passions - but, it may make sense to prototype and showcase your idea to trusted sources.
If you’re early in the beginning, showing it to trusted friends and family who can provide critical and honest feedback might be helpful. If you’re in a more mature stage with money involved, having a focus group set up to review where you are can also be realistic.
Ideas are everywhere. Your execution may be flawless - but, the timing might be off - or a million other reasons why your work may not resonate. There’s not one rule when it comes to getting your work out there - you have to find out what works for you. But, being prudent and avoiding delusion is something to keep in mind. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll be able to confirm your direction, or get some insight that leads you to a better path.
This series of content is a small experiment. I pledged to create a piece of content on my site for the next 365 days. You can read the opening post here. The posts aren’t limited to thoughts or ideas, they’re really just a way for me to create original content. If you got any feedback/questions, please reach out. Thanks for looking.
Dmitry N. Rusakov