Do you have a crazy business idea you think just might work? If so, is it crazy enough that speaking to others about it makes you uncomfortable? You know what I mean, we´ve all had those conversations at a party or gathering of friends — someone announces their great idea to build, make, or distribute something and the idea is so whacky we never look at the person the same again.
I worked with a guy years ago that told everyone he was looking for partners to design, manufacture, and distribute water furniture – Waterbeds are a hit, water chairs and couches will be too. For years we teased him on his idea — You´ll have to freeze the water to keep it in the backrest — but he mostly ignored us and continued his work. I have no idea what happened to him or his dream of water furniture, but I´ll never forget his idea and the countless jokes we made at his expense.
But how crazy is the idea of water furniture when placed beside ideas in similar stages of thought and dreams? At the time, frozen food, windshield wipers, revolving cartridge firearms, the game of Monopoly, the telephone, and even sliced bread were scoffed. Thank goodness many of these and other inventors had the courage of their conviction to prevail. They didn´t give up on what they believed and let their dream lead their innovation. They didn´t quit, they didn´t give-up, they got creative and found a way to succeed.
WSJ´s Startup Journal tells the tale of many inventors that dared to dream and refused to fail. When faced with adversity, these inventors relented, their creativity increased, and they found a way. Sure, not ever idea is worthy of betting the farm and there are many ideas so wacky they´re sure to never succeed, but there are many ideas that are just crazy enough to work.
How about you? Do you have a crazy idea that just might work? Or have you heard a wild one that´s so far out there you´re confident it´ll never be a success? Have any of you seen water furniture?