The idea lifecycle

I tend to have many ideas on a rather regular basis. As such, I’ve become accustomed to what I’m calling The Idea Lifecycle — a process which assists me in managing my ideas.

 Inception

Have ideas? Write them down and think about them. Seriously — after having an idea, take a walk, get some fresh air and contemplate the idea. What excites you about it? How it it unique? Then put it away for a few days. After a few days have passed, if and only if it still excites you, should you move on to the next step.

 Internal validation

An overlooked part of this step is gauging personal interest. Are you passionate about making the idea a reality? Is it truly interesting to you? If you are going to spend time and resources on execution, make sure you’re fully committed.

 External validation

Is the idea worth pursuing? Is it overly obvious? Is it too ambitious (unusual), or not ambitious enough? Get feedback from some of your peers, or better yet, mentors — people who you look up to and trust. Look to people who will be critical of your idea, avoiding those who you expect to just grinfuck you.

 Execution

This can be a multi-step process, and in practice typically never ends. Rather, it’s more of a perpetual path you create and follow until you’re comfortable with the outcome. The execution step is completely up to you, and is what makes having ideas truly worthwhile.

 
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