The first time I saw the trailer for Divergent, I cried. It wasn’t because it was sad. It was because the movie franchise – which has grown to millions, if not billions, of dollars and has captivated audiences worldwide – started with one simple idea.
Veronica Roth authored the trilogy when she was in college. All of the Divergent franchise success can be linked back to her, because she had the initial idea and believed enough in her idea to pursue it. This is why I cried; because I was reminded of the impact that one person’s idea can have.
I get a lot of ideas, as I’m sure most of you do. Some of my ideas don’t have much potential, like the pun I came up with last night: ‘I woke up this morning. It was an eye-opening experience.’ However, some of my other ideas probably have a lot of potential – and I bet some of yours do, too.
I feel like we owe it to ourselves to pursue our ideas. If we don’t, we will never know what amazing things we could accomplish. It’s like when you have a great idea, but don’t act on it and later find out that someone else had the same idea and it was successful. This has happened to me on a small scale, with a blog post topic – I am acting on my larger ideas so that it doesn’t happen again!
When I first started my blog, I wrote a post about what we owe the world and what it owes us. In that post I explore the idea of destiny, and the thought that if the world ‘owed it to us’ to reveal our destiny we would spend our lives trying in vain to repay that debt. I conclude that we don’t really owe it to the world to fulfill our destiny – we really only owe it to ourselves.
It’s a lot of pressure, to owe it to ourselves to fulfill our destiny. However, it’s not very complicated. Destiny seems like a big, scary concept because we associate it with so many other factors (like religion). I look at the idea of destiny as believing we all have a path in life that will bring us the optimal amount of happiness, and as we go through life we make choices that can bring us further along this path.
One such choice is believing in yourself enough to trust your ideas. As soon as an idea pops into your head, mean voices appear, echoing real-life critics; in the form of other people, media, or aspects of society. When those voices cause doubt, remember that you are being faced with a choice.
Your first choice is to abandon your idea and lose whatever potential happiness or benefits it could bring. Your second choice is to ignore any doubt, and act on your idea. Not every idea will be successful, but that’s the other thing: by pursuing an idea you won’t just gain happiness from its successful completion.
You will also gain happiness – and satisfaction, and so many other positive benefits – by simply acting on your idea. Anyone who has ever written a book will tell you that it feels great to finish writing it, but it also feels great to finish a day’s word count or to complete any of the other small tasks involved in completing the larger one.
In conclusion, I will leave you with a quote that I have written in several places around my bedroom.
Substitute dreams for ideas, and you have my entire point.
What choice will you make with your ideas?