Consulting others provides a reality check to filter out bad ideas.
An artist has produced four designs as a logo for the Liberated Way blog. They are all good designs, by a great artist based in Colchester. I had my favoured design, but then I went off to consult with a friend, and then I changed my choice based on their feedback.
Having someone you can bounce ideas off is useful. You can often be blinkered and make a bad choice. A friend who can tell you that your idea is crap is a useful friend to have, for they can offer a reality check, or at least an opportunity to reevaluate the idea. A friend who can offer alternative ideas, or suggestions to improve an idea is a rare gem.
There is however an element of wisdom required for selecting this type of friend to give you feedback on ideas:
- Avoid someone you are in conflict with, they are more likely to trip you up and sabotage you.
- Avoid the “yes” people; you want someone who can tell it to you straight, the truth that the idea is bad or can be improved.
- In specialist problems it is better to consult someone with practical experience of the thing being consulted upon.
Lastly, a child can provide a useful fresh insight too.