Be Careful With Your Discarded Ideas


I’m a pistachio fan. When you eat them, I recommend you have two bowls – one for the unshelled nuts, and a second one for the non-useful shells. You’ll be able to tell for sure which is which – the useful from the discards. That way you will be able to put your hand into the big bowl and know for sure you will get a good one.

That approach works wonderfully with pistachios, as well as ideas. Some ideas are good, applicable and fit well with our current need. Other ideas may be discards your group decided weren’t useful.

Sometimes the best ideas come out of the idea junk pile. You may have discarded some ideas and put them into the “that will never work” pile. Perhaps later that idea will work wonderfully well because the timing has changed.

Be open to cast-offs. Some might be the key to the next obstacle in the way.


Steve has spoken, mentored and modeled to churches and leaders around the world with the simple message that anyone – regardless of their gifting or experience – can be involved in bringing God’s loving kindness to others. His first book, Conspiracy of Kindness has been translated into several languages with more in the works. His first book has sold over 300,000 copies. Altogether his books have sold over 500,000 copies.