A Really Great Idea

It’s nearly midnight and I can’t sleep. It’s one of those nights where I suddenly woke up after only being asleep for probably 15 minutes and I just can’t go back to sleep. The more I stay in bed the more my mind starts racing about a multitude of ideas. I get up to begin to journal and even blog some of these ideas but as I begin to write them down I realize that either the idea has already been done before or it just wasn’t that great of an idea to begin with. Is it just doubt creeping in? Perhaps fear? By this time I have usually deleted my idea and now the main point of the idea is gone, as well as the excitement of the idea or the motivation behind the idea.

So I come here to ask; How do you get a really great idea off the ground? How do you tell if it is a really good idea? I ask this mostly for my own introspection but also because I think input on ideas is critical. My wife would say that I’m an IDEA GUY, meaning I always come up with these grand ideas. She is so good to sit back and offer a listening ear knowing that I usually never follow through. I can’t help the idea part, I think it’s a family trait, but then again maybe the no follow through is too 😀

Perhaps what I really need is a pen and paper beside my bed to document these ideas and simply go back to sleep. Then in the morning or a day later I can go back to see what I wrote. At least it might be kind of funny or maybe, just maybe, I will come up with a really great idea!


About jimmysw
Associate Professor of Social Work with a focus on the Future of Social Media, Social Work Education and all things technology.

3 Responses to A Really Great Idea

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  2. Brad says:

    Hello friend. I find the stuff here awsome and relevant. I am amazed that you do not get more messages, but I guess that the battle is brutal these days. I wish you the best of luck.

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