how to spot a bad idea

How to Spot a Bad Idea

GlitchPath endorses the idea that you should fail fast, fail often and fail everywhere. We also think you should stop making the same mistakes over and over again and instead fail in new ways.

We’re so committed to the idea of failure as a path to success that we’ve built software to help you spot a bad idea. But you don’t really need technology for that.

Here’s how to spot a bad idea.

Good Ideas Are Simple

They can be expressed in a subject, a verb and maybe an object. Bad ideas have too many words. If you can’t communicate in short sentences and without jargon, you don’t have a good idea. You have a solution in search of a problem.

Good Ideas Are Associated with Facts

Bad ideas are guesses and invalidated assumptions born from feelings. While all ideas are fuzzy at the beginning, bad ideas need fireworks and lasers to move the audience from apathy to action. Good ideas are simple, straightforward and concise.

Good Ideas Are Greeted with Positive Body Language

Bad ideas make people tilt their heads and squint their eyes. Body language isn’t everything, but it’s not nothing. If you watch founders pitch to investors and audiences, you’ll see what the physical manifestation of a good idea looks like.

Here’s a final suggestion that applies to just about everybody. You’re an educated business professional who knows a few things. The simplest way to spot bad ideas? Do a gut check and ask yourself whether what you’re hearing sounds like a reasonable and legitimate way to solve a problem.

You probably know the answer before the idea pitch is over.

And — no pressure — there’s nothing worse than a bad idea except a bad idea with funding and momentum. So it’s up to you to look sharp and listen hard. Use your critical-thinking skills to stop a bad idea in its tracks, and use your intuition to advocate on behalf of the good ideas in your network.

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