When should you abandon an idea?

Does the idea excite you?

Would the idea improve your life or the life of someone else?

Are there people who would help you if you get stuck?

Can you learn something by acting on the idea?

If you abandon the idea now will you regret it later on?

If you told someone about the idea would they get excited over it?

Do you feel like the idea is evolving the more time you spend on it?

Is the idea one that you wouldn’t sell for money?

If you answer “no” to any of the questions above, it may be time to consider abandoning your idea.

That’s not to say that the idea is bad, or that it’s not worth pursuing, but if you aren’t excited by your idea, if the idea isn’t going to improve lives or teach you something, if you’re unlikely to regret abandoning the idea or if you’re inclined to sell it if the opportunity ever presented itself, you likely have better things to spend your time on. So get moving.

Photo by Keoni Cabral.