‘Nothing Destroys A Good Idea Faster Than A Mandatory Consensus’

‘Nothing Destroys A Good Idea Faster Than A Mandatory Consensus’

“Nothing destroys a good idea faster than a mandatory consensus. The lowest common denominator is never a high standard.”

This quote comes from Forbes contributing writer Jessica Hagy who suggests that nothing kills a good idea like a committee. While it is important to listen to others, too much advice on how to make something more appealing usually involves dumbing it down quite a bit. If you really believe in your idea and what you want to accomplish, stick to your guns where it’s important.

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  • This is going beyond what the original topic is, but you can apply this to democracy. When the whole country votes, the party elected should be what the ‘average’ person voted for. But why do we want the average person deciding who runs our country? Don’t we want smart people deciding (and running) who runs our country?

    • No, I think it’s totally on topic. And totally correct.

      Take any sample, and any topic, and you will find that the majority of people in the sample have absolutely no idea about the topic.

      And this is why democracy sucks, but it certainly helps make the majority of people not feel oppressed.

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