Maintain Your Uniqueness

Do you spend a lot of time worrying what others think about your ideas? If you have what you think is a great idea, something you are passionate about, do you drop it when someone else shoots it down? Obviously, it's good to bounce ideas off of those you trust. But ultimately, you are the best judge of your own idea.

Did you know that Dr. Seuss's first children's book was rejected 23 times? If he hadn't believed in his idea, the world might never have know about Sam and his green eggs and ham.

In his excellent book, The Mentor, our friend and Brain Trust member, Jack Carew, says, "Use your uniqueness. What you do and how you do it is distinct and special." Try as they might, others may not be able to properly evaluate your unique way of looking at something. More than likely, they will focus on the something and not the unique way you see it.

Of course, do your research. Yes, talk with other people. But don't do research to find out if what you are thinking is a good idea as much as to find out how to make improvements. Listen and learn, but don't discount what Jack calls "your uniqueness."

Now. I've got this idea for green milk. Whaddaya think?