The Power Of One Idea

In an era where there is more information than any of us could ever know what to do with, we need a filtering system.  That filtering system is the power of one idea.  Take out a piece of paper.  Write “all you need is one idea” on it and put it in a place where you will see it every day.  This is the way you need to start thinking.

Information overload and paralysis by analysis may be the biggest reason why no one ever gets anything done.  When you shift your focus to the goal of finding one idea, you’re able to start blocking out the useless noise around you and start focusing in on what’s really important.  Right now, as you read, you should be thinking about this one idea.  What am I saying?  Is there a message in here that you can translate into your life?  This is the way you need to think.  Don’t just mindless read or listen to or watch stuff.  Turn your brain on!  The more you use it the better it runs.

I think this way all the time.  Even if I’m reading a book that isn’t knocking my socks off, I stick with it and finish it, because maybe on page 285, of 290, is the one idea that I’m looking for.  It could be the one idea that changes my perspective, my career or my life.  And that’s how you have to think.  You have to be hungry for that knowledge.

The power of one idea can be as big or as small as you make it.  But the first step is recognizing the one idea.  Like the one idea to make it easy for friends to connect: Facebook.  Or the one idea to organize information on the internet: Google.  One idea to inspire and nurture the human spirit: Starbucks.  One idea to deliver happiness to its customers: Zappos.

You have to have an open mind that is ready to find, and do something with, these ideas.  It doesn’t matter where you’re at or what you’re doing, every day of your life gives you tons of ideas.  The problem is that you’re not in the right frame of mind to see them.  And subsequently, you’re not in the right frame of mind to do anything with them.  Can you imagine this: one new idea every day for the next year?  That’s 365 new ideas.  Imagine the possibilities!

The funny thing about all of this is that nothing around you is really going to change, you’ll simply start recognizing things that have always been there, but you didn’t have the right mindset to see.  To think there are hundreds of ideas floating around you that could improve your life.  Time to put new glasses on.  You have to start seeing them!

So what is your one idea?  And what are you going to do with it?

Happy Wednesday!


2 comments so far

  1. chad on

    Hey James, thanks for the comment! Yeah, that’s a good way to look at it. If you imagine what you want to find and it’s not there you could be the one to create it 🙂

  2. James Stratford on

    Great post Chad, thankyou. I sometimes like to imagine what things will be like just a few years from now, and to think about what I would want to find there, regardless of what current technologies allow.

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