Ideas that never made it past Charley
Published: Thursday, May 30th, 2013
I heard several years ago that there are three kinds of people in any business: those who come up with ideas, those who do all the organizing to implement those ideas, and those who actually carry out those ideas — the ‘grunt’ work, if you will.
I definitely fall in the the first category. I can come up with more ideas than Charley’s got ways of saying, “That’s a stupid idea.”
Charley’s a conservative kind of guy (and that doesn’t just apply to politics.)
When he runs out of reasons why we can’t do whatever I have suggested, his favorite line is, “If that’s such a good idea, how come nobody else has ever done it?”
To which I reply that every good idea was originally the first one to ever be tried. Someone had to be the first one to try it. And then everyone else is left wondering why they never came up with that idea. Or, like me, wondering why they didn’t just go ahead and do it when they did think of it.
Somehow, I usually fail to convince Charley that my ideas are viable. The only hope I have to get him to try something new is for someone else to suggest to him that it might be a good idea.
And I admit, my children also have had a few good laughs at my expense when I come up with new and exciting ideas for us to do. I guess I have no credibility with my family.
That could be for a good reason.
Some ideas that I have suggested, but failed to convince Charley, include — but are not limited to — the following:
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