“Ideas are cheap. Ideas are easy. Ideas are common. Everybody has ideas. Ideas are highly, highly overvalued. Execution is all that matters.” — Casey Neistat
Those smart people will give you even more claps when you allude to the fact that the whole point of your story is perhaps best encapsulated by the ancient proverb: Four flightless ducks are better than those other four flightless ducks.
Personal evolution and growth means leaving parts of your old self behind.