Maybe I should describe a dreamer, so we’re clear who we’re picking on. A dreamer is someone who gets ideas, pretty quickly, and jumps on them without thinking about them deeply (or even, sometimes, shallowly). A dreamer takes great leaps of faith, jumping from concept to completion in minutes. They never account for the hard work in between. They don’t see any issues, like building permits or passports or language barriers or patents or budgets. It’s all today’s ideas and tomorrow’s successes.
I can be a dreamer sometimes. You can be a dreamer, too, but a true dreamer always comes up with ideas. Around every corner, across every dinner table, over every bottle of wine – dreamers are inspired by the smallest of wants that are then extrapolated into solving the greatest of global community needs. Ideas born of half-baked ideas that fell into a vat of old shitty ideas, were churned about, and came out new again. Ideas that are silly or not half bad or even great, but ideas that remain ideas. Ideas that are never, ever acted upon.
And that’s what gets our goat*. All talk no action. That’s why we take careful aim when poking our holes – we want them to know right away that the idea can’t work, won’t work, shouldn’t work. We want them to give up the dreaming, and join us in reality. Where it’s safe. Where it’s known. Where we are. Where it’s better to never express an idea until it’s fully formed and completely realistic. Where it’s better to never take a risk or lean on folly to get by an otherwise mundane day.
They’re all what about… and we’re all ya, but… That’s better, right? They’re all have you thought of this… and we’re all it’s not a viable business... That’s better, right?
I’m not convinced. Maybe we should get our logical heads out of our logical asses and let the dreamers dream. Maybe, just maybe, we should play, too, and not take every idea so bloody seriously. I’m not saying we should invest any money or great periods of time into our dreamer’s ideas, or encourage any quitting of any day jobs, but we can encourage the thought process, the generation of ideas themselves.
There is middle ground to be found, a place where you can ask questions and be supportive. A place where you, too, can share your ideas that you may never do anything with. I say let your dreamer dream. Talk about life with your dreamer, and everything it contains, like you don’t know what’s going to happen. Because you don’t. As my best friend, Jen, once said: “Some day in the future is a wonderful time to talk about.”
* We all have goats in this story. Yay!