The Next Time You Have A Great Idea…

The next time you have a great idea, don’t write it down. Just do your great idea.

[Btw, the irony of this note is not lost on me…]


[I’m starting to more regularly post these little notes I scribble out–little journal notes to myself that I’m making public. If you like them, please let me know here, G+ or Twitter. I write them using Amazing Type-writer app for iPhone.]

42 Responses to The Next Time You Have A Great Idea…

  1. Will Mcgregor January 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    I’ve been loving that little app, love the words more :) thanks dude

  2. Amy January 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Yes, please keep them coming! What an inspiring message. Thanks!

  3. Malixe January 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Only problem is that if you have more than one great idea at a time? Might be kind of tough to do them all once. Better go ahead and write them down…too.

  4. Krista January 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Great thanks for the new inspiration !

  5. Willie Dalton January 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    mega dig this, mr. c

  6. Tony Rath January 7, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Great idea Chase, look forward to more.

  7. Jim January 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    I have an head full of ideas but no moolah to carry them out. Any ideas?

    • jay January 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      Go ahead and follow through with them on paper. If everything works out well and you can prove it, an investor will bite.

  8. Aaron @ Become A Photographer January 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Love these tips, Chase! Keep ‘em coming!

  9. Cuiinary Fool January 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    These little snippets are kind of the iphone photo of the blogging world – pretty straghtforward, yet it takes thought to do them right. I think they are part of your evolution. ;-)

  10. Jan Oscarsson January 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    That’s rigth! Grab the bull by it’s horns…

  11. Dainius January 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Love open ideas, Mr. Chase!

  12. Mervan Ayberk January 8, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    So true! Writing down the real good ideas in a way kills them!

    Push yourself to start them.. You will see that if the concept was good enough it naturally evolves in itself.. If it doesnt you still will get something out of it. So it always ends up as a win-win situation..

  13. Girish January 8, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    What a good time for this post to come. Recently, I have been moving and trying a lot of video with my 550D and I am stunned with what the moving imagery can do.

    You have some great posts about photography – tips – work – projects – how tos. Can we have one on the basics of video with dslrs. How to get stable shots like panning, kind of left to right movement etc. What projects can one start as a learning process.

    I would really glad if you could get a post for the above.


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  15. Trevor Johnston January 8, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    Reminds me very much of a piece of advice I’ve seen for aspiring writers — “Don’t aspire. Write.” Same message. Different words.
    Trev J.

  16. John Glynn January 8, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    I think write down all ideas or they are gone in a heartbeat. Love that app – reminded me of my Grandad and inspired me to write a poem! Have shared the link back to here.

  17. Kristina Juarbe January 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    haha Awesome!

  18. RobyFabro January 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    Absolutely, especially if you have the tendency to loose the paper you write your notes on;).

  19. Ivan Aguillon January 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than idea that exists only as an idea.

  20. eddiebaba January 9, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    Go old school and use a #2 pencil and paper to draw out your visualazations, along with your notes.

  21. Scott January 10, 2012 at 2:42 am #

    The note is not ironic. I think in this case what you have written down constitutes the idea.

  22. David G. January 10, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    Taking action on ideas is always a great idea!

  23. Jon January 10, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    brb… gonna go shoot that alpine touring short film i’ve been dreaming of for the last …. year.

  24. Nabila January 10, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Hi Mr. Jarvis, do you teach somewhere? i would very much like to learn from you

  25. DanielKphoto January 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Beautiful quote Chase, I definitely agree and it’s something I have to work on really hard. Little notes like this on your blog definitely push me to do such things and without you, I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am right now in photography. I still have a very long way to go though, but I love going down that way and you’re helping me along the way. Thanks for that in all you posts and vids! You’re a true god man.

  26. Scott January 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Of course, if your great idea is to murder the old moneylender to check that you’re superhuman and above the immorality of such an act, then perhaps best to just write it down

  27. The Shades of Grey | Elal January 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Very true! I have loads of things in mind that I just don’t know where to start. So might as well start doing than merely fabricating it in my mind. :D

  28. seo January 31, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is wonderful blog. A fantastic read. I’ll definitely be back.

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    I don’t EVEN write down my ideas…so HAH, I win?!

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