Is there a formula to bringing big ideas to life?


Most ideas never happen. Fleeting moments of brilliance are neglected in favor of mundane and seemingly necessary obligations. Just think what might be if you had followed through on just one or two of your great ideas…

“Just one great idea can revolutionize your life.”

-Earl Nightengale

Scott Belsky, CEO of Behance and author of Making Ideas Happen, has built a life and an empire around a system of living that melds creativity and organization to create an impactful product, service, or methodology.

He suggests that four different elements contribute to an idea becoming fully realized:

  1. Creativity
  2. Organization and successful execution
  3. Communal forces and teamwork
  4. Leadership capability

To begin, Scott advise everyone to react to your inflow of ideas, rather than proactively work to develop new concepts. Creativity is all around us and does not need to be forced.

In this day and age, we’re continually inundated by external stimuli – phones and emails, social…

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  1. Erin, I’m like you with a lot of irons in the fire. I don’t like to feel overwhelmed, but it’s exciting to pursue ideas and projects I care deeply about, which lends itself to feeling less like work. Keep up the great posts!

  2. I would say that one of the keys elements to turning ideas into success is tenacity. Ideas may escape us, but the bigger problem is starting an idea and then dropping it…I personally have a dozen projects into which I’ve invested hundreds of hours and then I just stopped because I wasn’t sure what to do next. I think the best advice is to keep moving, even if you’re not entirely confident, because you’ll learn as you go.

    Thank you both for your kind words! The blog is primarily a way for me to organize, understand, and document my personal ideas, but it brings me such joy knowing that others can connect to and benefit from some of my thoughts. 🙂

  3. Yes, great blog! She’s got great insight with mature thoughts for such a young writer.
    Where and when one’s best ideas come from is still a fascination for me–I’m not sure there is a pattern to my inspiration:)

  4. SO true! And don’t you love analyfe? I just found that blog and am addicted. I have had some amazing ideas over the years and I have talked myself out of them or let someone else talk me out of them. I am done with that. I think the formula is idea + confidence in yourself and your idea + action = RESULTS! Thanks for a thoughtful post!

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