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Now Here’s A Dumb Idea…

January 29, 2009


There are a billion ways to make no money. The best way is to do nothing.

This may sound a little ridiculous but then so is doing nothing and wondering why you aren’t rolling in cash. If you are at home in your pyjamas tweaking your Facebook page or Twittering about what you intend to have for breakfast this may give you the impression of productivity but somewhere in the warmth of your quilt you know you are lying to yourself. Get up and do something which will actively lead you to making money.

It may not be today (although this is good), it may be in two years time but if you do things everyday with the purpose of monetizing your actions then at some point you will cash in.

I can hear you all now “Oh Tim, we’re so tired.” “Oh Tim, we have kids and we are always running around behind them.” “Oh Tim, we want to smell the roses from time to time because, damn it, we are all going to drop dead at some point.” My response is of course – do all of these things.

Sleep because it’s good for you to be fresh to get your idea out into the world. Tickle your kids until they can’t take it anymore because they grow up fast. Smell the damn roses if you want to. Be active. Do things. Do stupid things. Do things which might not work. But do things.

If you are in a company and you are scared for the future I have bad news for you. You have lost the battle already. Being scared for the future doesn’t exist. You are scared for the present because you are scared to do something which may mean change.

Here’s my advice for the day – have a dumb idea session.

A dumb idea session is where you think of the dumbest things you could do (for example) to make money. Write everything down obviously regardless of how lame the idea is. Exclude nothing. The dumber the better and see how quickly this brings you onto some strange unexplored path with the beginnings of some crazy plan which just might work…Dumb ideas lead to less dumb ideas.

And what the hell even if you do it you are less of a sitting duck than 99% of the people sitting in companies, or at home in their pyjamas waiting for the axe to fall.

Try it. Let me know.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2009 4:09 am

    I found your site and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good articles. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you!

  2. Tim permalink*
    February 2, 2009 6:07 am

    Thanks Cindy.

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