1. Be aware of the cost of constant connection
2. Recognize when you’re turning in to the stream for the wrong reasons
3. Create windows of non-stimulation in your day
4. Listen to your gut as much as you listen to others
5. Stay open to the possibilities of serendipity
“Ever find yourself jumping from idea to idea, hooked on the high of idea generation but never completing any one project? 99% Conference speaker Scott Belsky breaks down road-tested methods for seeing ideas through to the finish.”
We’re using our “hibernation period” to come up with bigger ideas and plans for PdP in 2012. :) Here’s something for those of you who are brainstorming on your own projects as well.
You are bound to be wrong quite often. And the only way to succeed is to surround yourself with very smart/talented people with shared interests. [But] if you lack self-awareness, you will fail to leverage the resources around you.
AMA happening now with Scott Belsky, founder of Behance and 99u
Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven’t accomplished the most important things on your agenda when you leave the office?.
With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds: Stefan Sagmeister, Seth Godin, Gretchen Rubin, Dan Ariely, Steven Pressfield, James Victore, Scott Belsky, Leo Babauta, Tony Schwartz, Erin Doland, and many more.
Dreamers are fun to be around, but they struggle to stay focused. In their idea frenzy, they are liable to forget to return phone calls, complete current projects, even pay the rent. While Dreamers are more likely than anyone to conceive of brilliant solutions, they are less likely to follow through.
Doers don’t imagine as much because they are obsessively focused on the logistics of execution. Doers get frustrated when, while brainstorming, there is no consideration for implementation. While Dreamers will quickly fall in love with an idea, Doers will start with doubt and chip away at the idea until they love it (or, often, discount it).
Then there are the Incrementalists — those with the ability to play the role of both Dreamer and Doer. When imagination runs amok in the Dreamer phase, the Incrementalist begins to feel impatient. The developing sense of impatience brings on the Doer phase, and the idea at hand is pushed into execution. And when the time comes to pull back and dream again, the return is a welcome relief from being buried in the managerial mind-set.
You might think that becoming an Incrementalist is the Holy Grail for making ideas happen. Unfortunately, Incrementalists have the tendency to conceive and execute too many ideas simply because they can. This rare capability can lead to an overwhelming set of responsibilities to maintain muliple projects at the expense of ever making one particular project an extraordinary success.
In my research, I came across many Incrementalists who were known within their communities for their many projects but never on a global scale. The Incrementalist’s brands, products, and ideas are seldom sufficiently pushed to their full potential. While a Doer and a Dreamer are best paired with each other, Incrementalists can thrive when they are paired with either one. Incrementalists are the “O” blood type of the world of collaboration — the universal donor. — Scott Belsky, Making Ideas Happen