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Interview with a Big Idea
On January 25, 2011, Jeannette Maw sat down for an exclusive interview with a Big Idea.
(This particular Big Idea agreed to the meeting on condition of anonymity, so we won't identify this idea, but suffice it to say, it's BIG.)
J: Thank you for agreeing to talk with us, Big Idea. Will you start by telling us how you found your person?
BI: It was quite a journey. I wandered and searched and knocked on doors and whispered in ears until I found someone who heard me and loved me. In fact, the first time my person fully heard me, they recognized me not just as a Big Idea, but also a Really Good Idea. That's how I knew they were the one.
J: Did you need any particular person, or would any person do?
BI: As a Big Idea, you can't find a home in just any person. Even small ideas require good matches, otherwise they go to waste. Even though Really Good Ideas are a dime a dozen, it's a shame to see ideas go to waste. I was very particular in my search for the Right Person. Not all Ideas are as picky, but Big Ideas especially need to be sure they're investing in the Right Person.
J: What makes for a “Right Person”?
BI: Someone who has courage and conviction, is willing to upset an apple cart or two, but most of all someone who won't dismiss their Idea as crazy. Someone who believes in us and is excited about us. That's a good match.
J: What do you do after you've found your Person?
BI: That depends on the Person. Some people don't need any more than for us to make our home with them and they're fired up and good to go. Others need more encouragement. In that case we have been known to invade dreams, cause sleepless nights, distract them from other activities (including eating - we're responsible for many a missed meal), remind them of us when they're reading books or watching movies. Sometimes we can rendezvous with other people's Ideas to light a combined fire. But in general, our job is just to make sure we're not forgotten. It's our Person's job to bring it to life.
J: Is there anything in particular you'd like people to know about their big ideas?
BI: Please stop worrying about whether or not we can work. We wouldn't be an Idea if we couldn't. The fact that we exist means we CAN. It would be so much better if you stopped doubting us. Also, the judging. Trying to figure out whether your Idea is a good one or not - that's just as ridiculous.
J: What's your favorite thing about being a Big Idea?
BI: Feeling the click of finding the Right Person and the inspiration that comes from that very first click. There is nothing in the Universe like it.
J: What amuses you the most about people?
BI: The way you say, "I've got an idea!" when it's much more accurate to say the Idea got them. That cracks us up every time.
J: This is a question I know many of us have about Big Ideas. Are you destined for a particular person, or is it not pre-ordained who you will honor with your visit?
BI: I'd like to answer that, but I have to run now as I see my Person is starting to think of me.
J: One last quick question then ... will you at least tell us who your person is?
BI: Only that they're reading this now.