Last week you had the opportunity to meet Marci, the Creative Director of #teamSOLSAK. How’d you like the poem?! :p
This week I’d like to answer a question that I’m often asked: “How do you bring a good idea to life?”
I think many of us come up with great ideas on a regular basis whether we’d like to admit it or not. I know for me I had a laundry list of ideas that I’d ponder from time to time only to get frustrated when I read about some big-time company launching MY idea, or some teen prodigy defying the odds to create and market MY idea. Phhsssshh! How dare them!
The truth is MY ideas were just conceptions or images that existed not only in my head, but obviously in the heads of those who were brave enough to take action. Until I was willing to make a move, my frustration was completely unwarranted because essentially all I was doing was dreaming and not moving.
So, how do you bring a good idea to life? Well, I’ll speak from my experience in launching this particular “good idea” SOLSAK @ GALLERY PLACE. Here are my 7 Must Haves:
1) A fixated mind– I know it sounds weird, but it’s true. You have to become so fixated with this concept that it’s all you think about, so much so you’re willing to marry it! Ha! Seriously, you have to be so enthralled with your idea until you’re absolutely determined to do whatever it takes to bring it to fruition. Do you have a made up mind?
2) Check your motives– Why do you want to launch this idea, book, app, or business in the first place? Is it to get rich? Or is it truly to help, improve or add value to the lives of others? Being compensated for your work is a great thing, but research shows that if money is your primary motivator, you’re more likely to fizzle out sooner
3) Calculate the risk– Are you willing to count the costs knowing that sacrifices which will impact your quality of life (or the lives of those close to you) will have to be made?
4) Work– This is one four letter word that many of us tend to shy away from. We live in a society that glorifies the trappings of success, yet spends little time promoting the sacrifices and labor required to bring about the success. Are you willing to do the research, take the class(es), keep late hours, isolate yourself, create the plan, wake up early, and make follow up calls? Are you really willing to do the work?
5) Willingness to learn from mistakes– Mistakes are inevitable. It seems like the more involved you get in the project, the greater the consequences. But let’s face it, mistakes are a part of life. Please don’t let them deter you. Are you willing to learn from your mistakes and move on?
6) Endurance- Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your business, app, book, etc. Short-cuts usually cause delays. Are you committed to buckling down and enjoying the ride? Because chances are it’s going to be a long one. Get ready!
7) Prayer– I can only speak for myself in saying that I could never accomplish any of this in my own strength. Therefore I choose to rely completely on the God’s guidance and every day I dare to believe Him!
Would love to hear from you. Answer the questions posed above. Now, are you ready to bring your good idea to life?