Are my (small) ideas worthy?

My brother, who also has an entrepreneurial bone in his body, asked me this question: “Are my ideas less worthy if they are not solving bigger problems in the world?”. It only took me 1 millisecond to reply heatedly, NO.

Your ideas are not less worthy because it’s not making a big impact. In my opinion, every idea has the potential to make an impact. The size of that impact however, should be no indication that your idea doesn’t belong in this world.

I’ve always thought this of my own ideas, (that they weren’t worthy) and it took me a long time to come to terms with being me. I’m not interested in solving big world problems or creating a revolutionary idea. I’m driven by MY feelings, problems and experiences. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have an idea that ticks those boxes but the fact is, my ideas come from my own reality.

Luckily though, this world is filled with different types of creators, selfish ones like me who are driven by personal reasons and those who see others experiencing a problem and are driven to solve it for them. The key here though is that neither one is forced to do what they do, they both love what they do and are simply driven by different forces.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman

No matter where you fall on spectrum, never apologize for doing what makes you feel happy and fulfilled. If you want create a blog and talk about cheese, then do it. If you want to work on how to help countries rebuild after a natural disaster, then do it. Both are worthy if they come from the right place and both will have an impact on someone’s life in different ways.

Is your idea worthy? YES. And I refuse to let anyone tell me otherwise.

Do it with passion or not at all,
– Kim Goulbourne aka “Bourn”

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