I spent the whole time telling my children when they were growing up, that stupid was a bad word. That has all changed since reading this book.
Last year, while attending a blog conference, I heard executives from the publisher, Deseret Book, explain what catches their eye when they are looking for new authors to publish. For them, a prospective book has to do two things: have good content and have marketability potential. One of their new titles that was selling really well was The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton. This self-help book on how to “crush fear, make dreams happen, and live without regret” was their favorite because not only did it put forth original ideas but the author had gone out and gotten some remarkable support for the book from such illustrious leaders as Stephen M. R. Covey, Steve Forbes, Devin Graham, and Robert G. Allen. If these powerhouse people were giving praise for what was written in this book, then I thought, I had better take notice and see what the book had to say.
I read the book as a new year “kick me the pants” incentive. I knew I wanted to make some personal and professional changes in 2015 but I needed some inspiration and motivation to get me started. The Power of Starting Something Stupid was just that book – an action plan for taking what most people would consider a “stupid idea” and unlock the potential those stupid ideas had for me.
The first third of the book explains how “stupid ideas” are the basis for doing great things. The next third gives tips on how to overcome obstacles for seeing stupid ideas through, common excuses like lack of time, lack of education or lack of money. And the last third of the book (my favorite) gives action steps to achieve authentic success with those stupid ideas.
I liked how the book was filled with quotes from successful people, giving credence to the message the author was putting forth. I especially appreciated how the action steps were laid out as steps on a ladder. What a great visual. As I understood and put each step in to action, I was making progress step by step toward my desired goal.
I took notes, especially in areas I recognized as my own personal hindrances (like understanding why I procrastinate and overcome my fear of asking for help). The book’s rationale for sticking with stupid ideas was logical and easy to understand. In all, I came away with interesting concepts that encouraged me on my new year quest of self-improvement.
Bottom line: stupid is no longer a bad word in my house. Having stupid ideas and seeing them through is a very smart thing to do.