“That’s a bad idea”

A common sentence that does no one any good. It’s lazy, discouraging and shuts the door on opportunity.

I fully acknowledge that there are countless bad ideas out there. But the next time someone shares an idea you would classify as bad, don’t take the easy way out. You can ALWAYS shoot an idea down and find a reason why it won’t work.

Instead, help that person design a quick experiment to learn for themselves that their idea is underdeveloped. Prototype the concept at a small scale. Interview a key user. Learn more about the ecosystem.

Telling someone never works. It leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

But experiments are fun, action is progress and now learning can happen. When in doubt, take action.