You Deserve to be Heard

8 Mar

The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.”- Chuck Palahniuk

Personally and professionally it’s important to know when to speak up, make your voice heard and voice your opinions.   Know that you deserve to be heard no matter how insignificant you feel your opinion is because your “insignificant” idea could spark a very significant one.   My last post discussed how it felt to be involved with a group of too many chiefs with way too many ideas, but having ideas isn’t a bad thing.  I’ve had to work with people in school and professionally who never offered ideas or opinions on anything. They simply did what they were told and were perfectly happy.  Perhaps they simply didn’t have an opinion on what we were doing or simplydidn’t care, but maybe it’s because they cared too much of what others thought of them to risk being shot down. 

I can relate to the feeling and I know it’s restricting.  No one likes having their ideas rejected, but I think it’s worth the risk.  Because who knows what makes an idea good.  What you may consider a terrible idea may have the potential of turning into something really great with the help of other idea-contributors and I think the risk of missing that opportunity to find out overrides the risk of not finding out at all.  I would rather be considered the person who comes up with bad ideas than the person who never has ideas to begin with.   It’s important to make an effort and attempt to be better. Being complacent allows no room for progress. And after having a dozen or so bad ideas, one is bound to be a good one, right?

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2 Responses to “You Deserve to be Heard”

  1. marriagecoach1 March 8, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    I once took a success motivation course and one of the things that I remember distinctly some 40 years later is that he said that you need to come up with 20 new ideas a week to improve your business. Now 19 out of the 20 will likely not be good ones, but in so doing, if you come up with one good idea per week, that is 52 a year and your business can’t help but be a success. The man’s name is Earl Nightengale.

    He gave for an example the most successful car dealership in the country. They had a staff meeting once a week and every person was expected to have at least one answer to the same question every week, How can we sell more cars this week?

    Blessings on you and yours
    John Wilder

    • kelleyzwong March 8, 2011 at 10:50 am #

      I definitely believe in Mr. Nightengal’s philosophy. The more ideas that come up, the more likely your company will be able to find one that works for them. I believe that evevn if an idea doesn’t start out as good, it doesn’t mean that there is no potential for it to be better. It’s important to encourage peers to be active and constantly trying.

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