September 10th Swap Ideas Day

We all have good ideas, sometimes we know how to drive them ahead and sometimes we don’t, sometimes they can be made even better by sharing them with someone else to make them even better. By sharing ideas and getting someone’s input, we can create something even better than what we started with. Of course, it suffers your ego a bit but the idea is getting the best results. The other benefit is that they may see uses for our ideas we never thought of! We all have different perspectives and see things slightly different than each other. In film and television they have writing teams because they know they will get a better script if they get the input of several people. So swap your ideas with someone else, you will probably improve both thoughts by coming up with a third version neither of you would have ever thought of alone.

How to celebrate – Join a think tank. Share your thoughts with friends. Help someone make their dream come true.

January 2nd Run Up The Flagpole And See If Anyone Salutes Day

You ready to surrender? That’s what a white flag means, or that you want to talk, or that you just finished your laundry. The general idea of today is to find out if any of your ideas have a chance of working.

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If you think about it, flags are used to champion an idea and if someone salutes it, beside yourself, then it means they believe basically the same as you. In history a flag has always meant something. To carry the flag in battle was considered a place of honor. (Also the best chance of getting shot since flags are generally not camouflaged.)

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Of course there will be those who chose not to follow the flag you have raised and that’s okay. There are a lot of reasons someone may not support your idea. Maybe it’s a bad idea, maybe it’s a dangerous idea or maybe they are still drunk from New Years Eve, after-all it was just two days ago.

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Flags are important to people. They give us something to believe in even when we believe in nothing. We identify with flags symbolizing our country, our state, our community and our beliefs. So put your belief up on the flag pole and see if anyone salutes it. If they do, you know you are not alone, if thy don’t… then maybe you need to rethink what you are doing.

How to celebrate – Design your own flag. Let others know what you are thinking. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb, you might be surprised who you find out there with you.

September 10th Swap Ideas Day

You never know where a good idea may come from. You also never know when it might lead if that idea is developed further by sharing it for input with a friend or business associate. We all get ideas, most never lead anywhere, but maybe they could be developed further if we allow others to have some thought about them.

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I know it’s not popular to share ideas. We all want them to be ours and ours alone. We want the individual credit for what we have dreamed up and the benefits, if there are any, to come back to us. But the truth of the matter is, anything can be improved by sharing it with others. No one comes up with an idea that is perfect on it’s own. Even after numerous attempts at improving the original idea sometimes more input is needed.

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If you take the United States as an example, and yes I know many of you feel it is a failed attempt, there were many, many people involved in creating the republic we have now. It’s still not perfect, but it is (to me) the best governmental experiment on the face of the earth right now. And all ideas are nothing but experiments, always striving to be better than when they started.

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So if you share your ideas, and listen to the responses, you will end up with a better product. It may not make them what you wanted them to be, but even rejecting those ideas will make the original idea better. It’s called trial and error. And it may take several attempts at improving the idea you have shared. The idea is, listen and see if you can find anything in the suggestion rather than just declining it because it came from someone other than yourself.

How to celebrate – Share your ideas. Listen carefully to any response, even if you rejected it may be improved upon by highlighting something missing. Do not be an island.

January 2nd Run up the Flagpole and see if Anyone Salutes Day

If you have an idea and are not sure whether it is worth your time to try and implement it try running it up a flagpole and see if anyone salutes it. It’s not a bad idea. Taking the thought from fledgling countries who are not sure who will follow the forefathers into a new venture applies to practically anything one might do.

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It is supposed to simplify the process testing the market first to see if an idea is considered good by anyone other than the inventor of the idea. Of course, just like flagpoles, it can still be complicated. The bigger and more risky an idea the more difficult it may be to convince people to salute it, just like a flag of a new country.

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And if you are willing to put yourself on the line too, try flying yourself on that same flagpole. The bigger the risk, the more you will have to risk yourself… besides it’s a great way to get people’s attention! Isn’t that what it’s all about anyway?

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Well, it’s just a quote anyway that nobody seems to know who spoke it. Maybe it’s something we should do anyway with. Lets run it up a flagpole and see if anyone salutes it!

How to celebrate – Continue to come up with those good, or bad, ideas! Always test your theories, it’s the best way to improve a product. Buy a flagpole and put it in your front yard.

September 10th Swap Ideas Day

You know what they say; “Two minds are better than one.” If you get a really good idea you might want to share it with someone because they may be able to improve on it! Of course, they may make it worse as well or they may even steal it for themselves and leave you out n the cold… but that’s not what today is all about.

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How about those of us who get a great idea but we can’t put it into an actual working model? We have to share it with someone or else it will never get off the ground! You might even find that someone has been thinking something similar to your idea but in a different way. By sharing the idea you make make something that would have made a difference instead of having something that falls to the wayside and is useless.

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It could be an invention, a manuscript, a life changing event or even something as simple as adding an ingredient while cooking. Sharing ideas is how out teacher teach, our government is supposed to function and and works really well at problem solving.

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We all come up with ideas, normally several a day.  We do not share them because we think they are stupid or because someone might steal them. If we shared them maybe they would actually develop into something with the right minds in place.

How to celebrate – If you get an idea, write it down before you forget it. If the idea is something beyond your power to create it, find someone who can. Make a list of those who you feel you can trust with your idea and break them down in to categories where they might be of the most use.