Blog: Personal Blog
Facebook: Scott Belksy’s page
Book: Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality
I love the focus of Scott’s work: making ideas happen. What is it that gets us from our creative idea to our realized project? How do we get things done?
Most ideas never happen.
When we first have an idea, we’re so excited that we channel lots of energy into its development. But as time continues, our enthusiasm wanes. This is what Scott calls “the project plateau.” You see ahead of you how much work there is to be done, you can’t see the end and “the gravitational pull of operations” is pulling you away. We find ourselves wanting to return to that delicious feeling excitement, so what do we do? We jump to a new idea.
See? You’re not alone in that.
The obstacles to making ideas happen.
- A lack of feeling organized
- A lack of accountability
- A lack of leadership ability
- Disorganized and isolated networks.
I’m sure you recognize at least the first and the second. Finding a way to structurally support your work is a big part of getting your creative work done. It often seems surprising to people just how many artist guests on Creative Living with Jamie are really structured in their approach to their time and their work.
Scott Belksy’s formula for making ideas happen?
Making Ideas Happen = Creative Ideas + Organization and Execution + Communal Forces + Leadership Capability.
Scott shared his thoughts about the last three ingredients and you can hear his take in this TEDx talk he gave in Puget Sound.
One of my very favourite things to do is to bring an idea to life. I was really fascinated by Scott’s research and will definitely be picking up his book. I’m sure we’ll have many more conversations on making ideas happen.