"I'm an ideas, man, Michael.."
As a blogger, coming up with idea’s tends to come quite naturally to me. Whenever I think about what the topic of the week is, whether it’s motivation, confidence or life, I usually have one specific idea or notion that springs to mind.
But what happens when you have TOO MANY ideas?
For a long while, I thought I could be a brilliant entrepreneur. I have come up with more business ideas than you can shake a selfie-stick at (sorry, had to be done.) I have had sleepless nights because I have been too excited planning my pop-up Gin Truck and my travel website for spontaneous travellers (damn you, Sky-scanner!)
But out of all my wonderful business ideas, I’ve never actually started anything. I’ve never gotten past reading a book on how to start your own business. I’ve never just well, gone and done it. I make a lot of excuses. ‘There’s no point, it’s been done before, I don’t have the skill set, I don’t have the right personality..’
I consider myself a great ideas person but not a great action person. Dreaming up ideas is easy. Making steps to make those dreams and ideas come true is downright hard.
I’ve come to realise that I have my head in too many places at once. I have too many great ideas but picking one from the bunch has proved almost impossible. ‘Oh, if I choose to follow this, I’ll lose out on that’
Basically, I’d like to think I’m Steve Jobs, but I’m actually Gob Bluth.
"Some of the most interesting people I know had no idea what they were going to do with their life at 22, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't."
I used to take comfort in this quote. It tells you that it’s OK not to have it together because not following one path makes you interesting.
However, the real reason you might not know what you want to do might be because you have a lack of focus; a lack of determination. There’s no use in congratulating yourself on having lots of ideas if you never do anything about them. In a previous blog I talked about the importance of passion in what you’re doing. If you don’t have passion for an idea or you don’t put hard work into it, it will never come into fruition.
It’s true that every great business started with a simple idea. But having ideas isn’t just what it takes. It takes a lot of hard work, it takes not being lazy and it takes not giving up on yourself if you fail once, twice or even a hundred times. Whether you’re a budding blogger, an aspiring marathon runner or a tech-genius waiting for your big break – having great ideas about what you want to do is important, but not as important as actually implementing them. The first stages of having an idea are super exciting – you have a vision of your future and that’s what makes you want to do something. But, the first steps in making those ideas come true are often the most arduous – doing research, making business plans, asking for loans, trying to make other people invest in your dream. Suddenly, the big dream becomes a little bit boring, a little bit too hard, a little too daunting. You start to question it’s worth. You start to look at other options, other easier routes, other ways of making it without the hard work.
Copping out on hard work is equal to copping out on your dream.
So, the next time you have a great idea, ask yourself what it’s worth to you. If it’s just an idea, then it’s not worth putting your heart and soul into. But if your simple idea makes you lie awake at night, if your simple idea has been one that has niggled you for weeks, months and years. If you truly believe in your idea, then start putting your actions behind it. Don’t let yourself think that it’s been done before or that it will be too much hard work. If you fail, at least you know that you put your all into something you were passion about.
So make a plan. Figure out the steps you need to take to make your idea a reality. Do your research. Work hard at it. A lot of things seem impossible but a lot of the time all it takes is time and effort.
Pursue your great idea. You never know where it could take you.
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