Since my wife’s trip to Necker Island where she was able to get to know Sir Richard Branson, we’ve been brining a lot of his ideas into our family, especially for our young boys. The favorite is Sir Richard’s way of thinking: “find the impossible and make it possible.” We try to regularly ask the kids: What is something impossible that you could make possible? It’s a fun family topic.
Now our dinner table conversation consists of inventions and ideas such as:
- A pillow that can record dreams
- A net on a stick that goes beside the boat and catches fish automatically so you don’t have to use any line
- A remote control fish with video camera that eats other fish and you play it like a video game for fishing
- A beacon that goes underwater and can tell you what all the fish are thinking
Yes, we started the exercise at the beach over the holidays so the theme for fish/boat related ideas is heavy. Regardless, the more often we have the conversation, the more it becomes a way of thinking wherever we are.
I enjoy blue sky sessions within startup world as well. Imagine the things you could do if you had no limits. What would you build? How would the world work? Take some time and make a list of blue sky ideas.
You never know when you might stumble upon the path to making one of them happen.