Whatever your discipline or the industry in which you work, you have likely thought of a truly innovative idea at some point in your career.
Rather than putting that idea into practice and creating something memorable or valuable, however, you may have let it sit on the sidelines for a while, or thought it wasn't all that great or that you would wait for the next big opportunity. Hey, it's happened to all of us.
But guess what? The next big idea or opportunity likely isn't going to just present itself to you. If you are one of the lucky .0001% of the business population who actually is sitting on the next big idea, congratulations! We look forward to hearing about it.
But if you're among the rest of us, understand that there are a lot of really good, somewhat-smaller ideas that never get put to use.
(A good analogy: There are very few home runs to be had. But there are a lot of doubles. And, sometimes, what you think may be just a double can turn into an inside-the-park home run.)
I'm not advocating that you abandon the search for a big idea; rather, I'm advising that you think of the potentially great ideas you have had in your career and then consider why you passed on them.
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