Back in the day, people had to slow down and gawk at accidents to fulfill that weird need to take in a daily quota of unfortunateness and misery. That’s no longer necessary, as clicking down to the comments section in any major newspaper publication will achieve the same results. Nasty is the new norm in the faceless, nameless age of the Internet—vitriol begets vitriol is the new status quo. The consequence? Fear. Reluctance to share new ideas. Thought lemming-dom. Thankfully, there are a few rays of hope—take 1000 Awesome Things for example. The premise is self-explanatory: A blog listing one awesome thing after another…until it reaches 1000. Awesome examples include:
#984 Eating the last piece of dessert somebody left at your house
#997 Locking people out of the car and pretending to drive away
#33 Fixing electronics by smacking them
#539 When you open a book to the exact page you were looking for
#728 Interspecies action figure wars
Each post appropriately ends with AWESOME! to up the awe-inspiring factor. The really awesome part? People love this blog. It’s won awards, traction with the press, and heck—even Oprah talked about it. Why is this so noteworthy? Because in a world of haters, there’s something so intriguing about looking for the good, the positive, the awesome.
At Ideas To Go, we promote the same philosophy with Forness® thinking—a mindset that encourages people to look at what’s good about an idea, what they’re FOR. By finding what you are FOR, you discover ways to constructively think about an idea and its merits. Once you find out what you’re FOR, you can move on to list all the ways you would WISH to make it better—and push towards actionable solutions (like maybe the next million dollar idea). AWESOME!