Hi to those of you coming over from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff! And howdy to everyone else, too.
You read a lot (or at least I do) about people who have their own projects. In the personal finance world, they’re called side hustles, and they’re all about bringing in a little more money to accelerate goals.
I have my idea, and I love it.
I told a few people about it, and then I quieted down and got to work.
You see, ideas at the beginning are fragile, delicate creatures, like a fairy made of spun sugar. One critical friend can bring that fairy crashing down, and leave the person with the idea disenchanted.
You won’t know which of the people in your circle are the naysayers. But you do know who your cheerleaders are. So talk to them, brainstorm with them, and then isolate yourself and your fragile idea until it’s more solid.
It’s like baby names. Let’s say I wanted to name my future child Svengaard the Horrific.*I tell a few people, they say things like, “wow, that is quite possibly the worst name I’ve ever heard in my life!” and I get discouraged. Sad. Crying, maybe. Then, because of the naysayers, I change my mind, and decide that I’ll name him something else, something like Bart and I”m happy with my second choice, and I go back to that same crowd, and one of them says, “NO WAY! Did I ever tell you about the blind date I had with a guy named Bart, and he stood me up, and I don’t know, but I’ll always think of that jerk if you name your kid that.”
Ideas are like that. Fragile. Precious. And even when the idea grows, you need to protect it.
Because now, you’ve worked really hard on something, and the moment you hear, “that sounds cool to me but other people probably won’t like it” you will get defensive. And you need to protect your enthusiasm as much as your idea.
So, protect those fragile ideas, they are wonderful!
Want to see my idea? It’s really super cool, and I love it a lot and yes, it’s still fragile, but oh man, it might be the most fun side project I have ever had because it brings good feelings and happiness to strangers.
It’s called Nicer Notes, and it’s the antidote to all the passive aggressive notes out there.
*No, Dad, I’m not pregnant, this is 100% hypothetical!