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Making Ideas Happen Audiobook

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

How the world's leading innovators push their ideas to fruition, time and time again. Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world's problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare. According to Scott Belsky, the capacity to make ideas happen can be strengthened by anyone willing to build their organizational habits and harness the forces of community.
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How the world's leading innovators push their ideas to fruition, time and time again. Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world's problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare. According to Scott Belsky, the capacity to make ideas happen can be strengthened by anyone willing to build their organizational habits and harness the forces of community. That's why he founded Behance, a company that helps creative people and teams across industries develop these skills. Belsky has spent six years studying the habits of especially productive creative people and teams—the ones who make their ideas happen time and time again.

After interviewing hundreds of successful creatives, he has compiled their most powerful-and often counterintuitive-practices, such as:

  • Generate ideas in moderation and act without conviction
  • Reduce all projects to just three primary components
  • Encourage fighting within your team
  • Seek competition and share ideas liberally

In an increasingly flexible and entrepreneurial environment, creative minds have the opportunity (and responsibility) to solve and change industries—but they can only do that if they overcome the obstacles. While many of us obsess about discovering great new ideas, Belsky shows why it's better to develop the capacity to make ideas happen-a capacity that endures over time.

©2010 Scott Belsky (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"If you care about your art, your job or your market, you really have no choice. This is strategy and tactics, concepts and how-to, all in one on a topic that's often overlooked." (Seth Godin, author of Linchpin)

"Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. This audio book helps you with the hard part." (Guy Kawasaki, co-founder of Alltop and former chief evangelist of Apple)

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    Norman B. Harley Fort Washington, MD 11-10-10
    Norman B. Harley Fort Washington, MD 11-10-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book good practical advice"

    A must read for all creative people. This should be taught in all creative schools

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 09-04-10
    Scott 09-04-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Great book plus new narrator"

    I downloaded this when it first came out and frankly wrote one of the original scathing reviews which have been deleted. All of the reviews were fairly similar, absolutely great content, but a poor narrator ruined it.

    This version has been re-recorded with a new narrator! Awesome book!

    Highly recommend this book if you consider yourself a creative or someone that has tons of great ideas and not as many results. Make sure you follow the links to the other Behance sites and conferences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charl Stellenbosch, South Africa 07-12-12
    Charl Stellenbosch, South Africa 07-12-12
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    "Terrible Narrator"
    What would have made Making Ideas Happen better?

    This audio book needed a much more energetic narrator


    What was most disappointing about Scott Belsky’s story?

    I have no idea if the story is any good, I stopped it after 5 minutes.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Don Hagen?

    I'm unfortunately not familiar with many of the narrators available.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Making Ideas Happen?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to fall asleep, then this is the book for you. Definitely not suitable for one's commute.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Chelle C. 03-13-16
    Chelle C. 03-13-16
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    "So many reasons to love this!"

    Good delivery. Very densely packed with a lot of good, clear, realistically actionable information that is business newbie friendly. I keep this one in heavy rotation, as it's the type of read where you'll hear something new differently every time around. It's one of those gifts that just keeps on giving!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rogers Family Kaysville, UT, US 06-29-15
    Rogers Family Kaysville, UT, US 06-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great for some one getting started for the first time"

    He shares some great points and i enjoyed listening to it a second time. He has helped me to just ship, weather its perfect or not. Ship and move to the next project.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rahul Singh 05-17-15
    Rahul Singh 05-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Read once a year and change the world."

    This book is packed with knowledge Distilled from several of the greats. Unlike Greene's Mastery, this book is more actionable. Practically, any member of a world changing team can leverage the ideas here. It's not just for creatives, but for leaders and entrepreneurs everywhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryanda 04-14-15
    Bryanda 04-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book, Wrong Voice"

    This book effectively lays out practical steps for creatives, entrepreneurs, innovators, and business people to actualize our ideas. It should be required reading. However, the voice of the reader did not match the content. I found his voice distracting. A book with such no-nonsense practical application is best served with a conversational voice. OVERALL: I still give this title 4 stars, and highly recommend you read it... right now!

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    John Salt Lake City, UT, United States 07-30-14
    John Salt Lake City, UT, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2016

    I'm a big fan of Non-Fiction, mostly business, marketing, and self-help. I really like books that tell you both why AND how to do something.

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    "Productivity and project management for creatives!"

    If you're a right-brained creative who struggles with productivity and project management, then you'll really get a lot out of this book!

    Scott Belsky does not really break new ground with any of the concepts in this book, but he does put the popular ideas and techniques into strategies and techniques that work for creatives and creative teams.

    Scott really identifies with the struggles that artists, designers, writers, etc. face with getting things done. He takes the concepts that you may have already heard about or learned from David Allen's "Getting Things Done" and makes them really work for this type of industry mindset.

    I got so much out of the audiobook that I went out and purchased the physical book as well to use as a quick reference and reminder, which I refer to frequently when I start to feel overwhelmed. The "Action Method" introduced in the book is applicable not only in how I organize my projects and tasks, but also in how I organize my files and other resources.

    Where David Allen's GTD leaves the productivity management concepts relatively broad, Scott Belsky fine tunes and sharpens those concepts for creative professionals in a very effective way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bruce wayne 06-05-14
    bruce wayne 06-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Misleading"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who wants to learn about different ways of making todo lists


    What could Scott Belsky have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't know where to begin. All i heard after 3 hours was managing a todo list. It would have been acceptable to me if he talked about todo lists for half an hour. But it just goes on and on. There's gotta be more to making visions come to reality than managing a todo list.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I don't have any issue with the narrator


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Just felt like I wasted a precious audible credit :(


    Any additional comments?

    take it from me folks, keep a todo list, and your vision will come to reality. Now listen to something else :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Minneapolis, MN, United States 02-16-14
    Margaret Minneapolis, MN, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2015

    I listen in streaks. Glad I can keep those credits accumulating for a few months.

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    "It takes the GTD approach to a whole other level"

    I really found this book helpful in creative problem solving and learning about the self-defeating "goal setting" practices that I had been using. It definitely has some approaches that you can start adopting right away without throwing whatever systems you have now out the window. Highly recommend. I read it awhile ago and am already thinking about reading it again.

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