Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality
We all have ideas, whether it’s a new business idea, a new fitness regimen. We always seem to have an abundance of ideas. The challenge, however, is in actually Making Ideas Happen. We often forget, coming up with the idea itself, is actually the easy part. In fact, it’s only the beginning and the challenge only comes when the ideas need to be implemented. Having loads of unfinished projects is a very common problem.
Belsky has spent time interviewing and observing many of the most productive and successful creative professionals in the world. He discovered they have a lot of things in common. Scott has learned about the habits, principles and techniques, these companies and individuals follow, to consistently Make Ideas Happen. And it’s these principles and techniques that he shares in this book.
This book is divided into 3 sections, namely: Organization and Execution, The forces of Community and Leadership Capability.
Belsky mentions that every idea, and everything you work on (whether it’s work, school or personal), is a project. When you treat every idea like a project, you’re assuming that these are ideas you want to push into action. They’re ideas you want to act on and see through to completion. If we fail to consider these as current projects, we’ll underestimate the available time and energy we have available to work on other projects.
Every project has three primary components: Action Steps, References and Backburner Items and Scott defines these as follows:
Action Steps are the most important component in the project. They are the specific and concrete tasks that you or someone else does, to move the project forward.
References are not actionable. They are the handouts, notes, sketches, meeting minutes, etc. that we refer to for information. They are simply there for our reference.
Backburner Items are ideas that are not actionable yet, but may be later on. They’re new ideas we might come up with, but aren’t relevant to the project right at this time.
In Making Ideas Happen, Belsky describes how to develop and take the right steps so new ideas can be implemented faster and success can be reached sooner.
If you have any ideas that you’d like to implement, I would truly recommend this book.
“Ideas are worthless if you can’t make them happen.”
“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99$ perspiration.”
“Ideas are easy, Implementation is hard.”
“The truth is, creativity isn’t about wild talent as much as it’s about productivity. To find a few ideas that work, you need to try a lot that don’t. It’s a pure numbers game.”
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”