Thinking Out Loud
You have an idea and you feel it’s a great idea. You feel happy, elated, and you have an urge to immediately do something about it.
Is there a connection between your emotions about your idea, and its potential for success?
“If you can fix a problem with money, it’s not really a problem.” ― Kim Kardashian
This is true, up to a point. The difficulty is… defining the problem.
You have an idea you think, rather you know, is good, but others just don’t get it. What’s going on? More importantly, what should you do? Should you listen to them or follow your own conviction?
First, let’s tackle some reasons why others “just don’t get it.”
…Now, you are in the middle of it all, and not everything is as expected; something feels wrong. You are busy, things happen and there are results, but they are not what you wished for, or even realistically expected.
…This is what you should be doing whenever you delegate a task, whenever you outsource. You know what you want and can predict different paths others might take.
You need deep knowledge to be able to do that. This knowledge comes from two sources…
“Ideas are easy. Execution is everything.” — John Doerr
Nowadays, this quote seems to represent the Zeitgeist. It pits the idea against the execution. This creates (at least mentally, if not technically) a dichotomy between the idea and execution.”
“He who can does; he who cannot, teaches.” – George Bernard Shaw
Why is this relevant to your idea (and its success)?
Consider the IBM logo.
Visually, you just see three letters when you look at this logo. However, there are actually eight horizontal lines with gaps.
The iPod is a more complex example. It was a hugely successful portable music player. Why was that?
When Coca Cola first marketed in China, they translated the brand name phonetically. But the meaning of the characters came out “bite the wax tadpole” or “female horse fastened with wax”.
A funny anecdote. It teaches us something fundamental…
The assumption that they implicitly made, was that both the homeowner and the guest would only agree to this when pressured by lack of accommodations and their high price (both caused by high demand due to the convention in town).
However, they were wrong. And Airbnb went on to become the leader in a new category of accommodations.
One of the pillars of Flow is controlling our consciousness and how we perceive what happens in the real world.
To do that (while not becoming delusional), you need to clearly know both your conscious mind and the external world. If either is fuzzy, then you are in danger of going off track and never achieving Flow and happiness.