Daring And Crazy Ideas

Every now and then, daring and crazy ideas occur to me. I think these ideas might hold the key to changing how you see the world, to realizing the things we think are most important (based on how much of our time we spend doing them) can really be lived without.

Here are some of my crazier ideas, for anyone willing to try:

  • Cancel your cell phone.
  • Delete your e-mail account.
  • Cancel your cable television.
  • Kill your actual television, now that I'm thinking about it.
  • Shift your sleep cycle forward six hours.
  • Stop reading the news.
  • Go visit someone new every day.
  • Talk to strangers.
  • Write down everything you assume is true, and then ask yourself: is it really?
  • Don't eat any food that comes in a box, a bag, or that is handed to you through a window.

Hey, I told you they were crazy. If you are brave enough to give any of these a try, I'd love to hear how it goes.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • Ray,

    I love these, and have accomplished 3 so far:

    * No TV (going on 2 years now, and it was the best thing I’ve done in years!)
    * Talk to strangers
    * Changed my eating habits to eliminate a majority of processed/junk food

    If you do what you’ve always done, and you’ll get what you’ve always gotten, right? 🙂

    Thanks for the additional ideas!


  • Already don’t watch the news, killed the cable down to minimum, already talk to not just strangers but my brother claims I can make a rock talk back! And I am down to 2 or 3 times a year.
    I have to decide how I will implement MY ultimate of saying NO to all family and friends that keep on asking me to do stuff for them that they can very well do for themselves! Just because I have the flexibility to work from home doesn’t mean I am ‘FREE’!
    Sunita Pandit

  • Ray these are radical ideas — but isn’t that how we progress?

    More than 10 years ago I stopped watching TV and barely skipped a beat. I will watch the weather channel when I travel sometimes, but that’s about it. I got my life back just doing that one thing! When people ask what I do instead — I tell them, “all the things I want!” I wouldn’t have time to watch it now — I’m having too much fun living!

    Gave up a few other things over the years, too, and enjoy much better health as a result.

    Instead of acquiring more — letting go of excess is amazingly freeing


  • Geoff

    I gave up my DirecTV account over a year ago. I seem to get a lot more done in the evenings. I do talk to strangers as often as I can and have had some wonderful, enlightening conversations.

    I examine my beliefs often, but not always.

    The rest… Okay, I doubt I have the courage for most of them.

  • Molindasue

    This is a fun post! I always talk to strangers, usually visit someone new everyday, sometimes write down things I assume are true. The don’t eat any food that comes in a box, a bag, or that is handed to you through a window could start a NEW GOOD DIET PLAN! I have attempted it for 2 days! It is difficult!

  • “Don’t eat any food that comes in a box, a bag, or that is handed to you through a window.”

    That’s not radical or crazy, it’s just good common sense.