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Are pointless ideas really a waste of time?

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Have you ever had an idea that seemed completely pointless?

You know, the kind of idea that you dismiss as a waste of time because it doesn’t seem to have any practical application or real-world value? Well, I think that those so-called “pointless” ideas can actually be pretty valuable.

For starters, pointless ideas can spark creativity and innovation by breaking free from conventional thinking. When we explore the absurd, the bizarre, and the pointless, we open up new possibilities and can come up with unexpected insights and breakthroughs.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Thomas Edison

But that’s not all. Pointless ideas can also be a source of entertainment and joy. Sometimes, the mere act of imagining something silly or absurd can be a source of amusement and laughter. And laughter and play are important components of a healthy and happy life.

But perhaps the most important benefit of pointless ideas is that they can help us learn and grow. Even if a pointless idea doesn’t have any practical application, it can still teach us something about ourselves, our world, and our creative processes. By exploring the limits of our imagination and pushing past our comfort zones, we can discover new things about ourselves and our potential.


I know it might seem weird to pursue an idea that doesn’t seem to have any practical use, but trust me, sometimes those are the ideas that lead to breakthroughs. Take the Post-it Note, for example. It was created by accident when a chemist at 3M was trying to develop a strong adhesive for the aerospace industry. He ended up creating a weak adhesive that seemed pointless at the time, but years later, a colleague saw its potential and used it to create the iconic Post-it Note.

To add on this, i could also tell you about how spending a few days developing a self-played all-random war game ended up with me going on the local newspaper and in a radio interview, but maybe that’s just a story for another post.

So, friend, don’t be too quick to dismiss your pointless ideas. You never know where they might lead you.

Embrace your inner dreamer and explore your imagination.

Who knows? You might just stumble upon something truly great.

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