The Importance of Useable Ideas

May 9, 2008 • Paul Singh

A friend of mine called me out of the blue a few months ago, here’s how the conversation went:

Me: “Hey man, how’s it going?”
Him: “Great! Listen, I know you’re busy but I want to start a business”
Me: “Ok.”
Him: “Where do I start?”
Me: “Uh, what kind of business?”
Him: “You tell me!”
Me: “I’m hanging up now.”

First, let me say that I love helping people succeed. I really do. But for the love of all that is holy, please spend a second (or three) to make sure that you’ve got a useable idea before you pitch it to someone.

Ideas are worthless unless you can make them into something useful. Your most incredible idea can turn into a stupid one if the idea simply isn’t doable. I’ve had a few of these. Chances are, you’ve had some too.

What makes an entrepreneur great isn’t the actually greatness of the idea, but the ability to make it happen.