The Internet at the Speed of Thought

Terrible Ideas That Turned Out to Be Extremely Successful

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If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

We’ve all heard this refrain, and for a good reason: Success is the result of dedication, hard work, perseverance, and even dumb luck.

Speaking of which: Have you ever had a bad idea? Like a really bad idea that you were still tempted to try? How about an idea that was crazy enough you knew it just might work?

While many inventions and technological advances around us are the result of testing and precision, a lot of the million- or billion-dollar ideas are just the result of people who took a chance on a dream… or maybe even a bad idea. In fact, some ideas take off specifically because they are bad, and because some people are bad, too.

People were asked to think of what bad ideas ended up being successful purely because of the bad intentions of others.

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Are you really that surprised?