I’ve always been pretty productive, but also always had the problem of not finishing many projects I start. I’ve developed systems to counter this, but never really knew why it happens.
Having loads of unfinished projects is a very common problem and people are constantly hitting me up about it as well.
I recently read this bestseller book by Scott Belsky called “Making Ideas Happen”… And I am not exaggerating when I say it was a complete revelation for me.
Made me realize lots of things, so I wanted to share it with you quickly.
The book succeeds in breaking down the problem of not finishing your projects and shows the path to, well, making ideas happen.
Making Ideas Happen
The full name of the book is “Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality”.
Belsky has spent lots of 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.
(I should also mention Belsky has achieved a great deal on his own right – founding Behance being just one example).
His conclusion is that implementing your ideas succesfully is very much a skill that can be learned. And in this book he shows you the proven practices of how to build the capacity to make your ideas into reality.
This guy really knows what he’s talking about.
Belsky breaks the creative process down into these areas:
“(The Idea) + Organization and Execution + Forces of Community + Leadership Capability”
The book is structured according to his formula.
After reading this book I’m learning to avoid the mistakes I used to make, and making things happen at an increasing rate. I can really understand many of the problems I’ve had that used to cause a lot of projects getting stalled. Productivity is not about working harder, but working smarter.
That kind of information is just invaluable to me.
It almost feels like I’ve been throwing away money and time all these years. I would even go as far as saying this book is the single most beneficial book I’ve ever read so far, and that is why I wanted to share it with you.
The book is full of timeless information. And it applies for any kind of creative work. Anyone who has passion for what they’re doing – wether an architect, music producer or a hockey coach… All project based work flows around the same principles. In the end, as Belsky puts it… Everything in life can be approached as a project.
Making Ideas Happen currently sells for 12.97 USD (or 6.99 GBP) in Amazon. Kindle edition is even cheaper (myself I love reading real books though).
It’s a steal and I can’t recommend it enough. Especially if you’re like me and want to be able to finish more of what you start.
Here are the links to Amazon US and UK respectively. You will find more information and excerpts of the content there.
Happy reading and let me know what you think!