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Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality | [Scott Belsky]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    urvois esquibien, France 07-21-12
    urvois esquibien, France 07-21-12 Member Since 2012

    business books fan

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    "get on rolling the ball"

    i pick this book by the title, not knowing really what was in it.
    to my surprise i was infront of research about creativity and entrepreneurship all what i trully enjoy and love, the book is about how to get the ball rolling, and how to get things in action for creative people. a must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Singapore, Singapore 04-23-12
    Benjamin Singapore, Singapore 04-23-12 Member Since 2011

    I listen to learn... I learn to achieve!

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    "This book basically says don't just think but do.."

    Nothing really stands out in this book in terms of concepts and mind stimulation. It does, however, put a process in place to take an idea from its conception to the actual execution that returns a result. This in itself is great value!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert W. 10-02-11
    Robert W. 10-02-11 Member Since 2006

    BobTheCopywriter

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    "A good book well delivered."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it offer actionable advice, even if it the message is not always welcomed. Idea people often don't want to hear the their ideas aren;t important unless executable.


    What about Don Hagen’s performance did you like?

    Okay, some of the other reviews are giving Don Hagan a bad wrap. He did a great job delivering the information with a fatherly tone. There are always multiple way to go with delivery. Don Hagan's director obviously wanted fatherly. Yes, it could have been delivered like a motivational speech, but it wasn't, however the delivery is great none the less.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too long, plus it's a good commute book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amgad Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 05-17-11
    Amgad Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 05-17-11
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    "One of the Best"

    In the past I though of many ideas that did not see the live. After listening to this book, I got answers to why. Well written and organized with real life example. Many thanks to the author and the narrator.

    I fully recommend this book to creative people whom want their ideas to become a reality

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 01-12-11
    Christopher San Diego, CA, United States 01-12-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely awful"

    I actually can't write a review of the actual contents of this book because the computer reading it was so f***ing annoying that I just couldn't take it. I listen for at least 2 hours and got nothing out of it because the inflections, emphasis and lilt of the voice is just wrong enough that I found myself trying to interpret what it was trying to say and once you start concentrating on the details like this, the message is lost. It droned in my ear in a tone akin to fingernails on a black board and I found myself repeating a new manta ... 'you gotta be kidding me! you gotta be kidding me!'

    All kidding aside, this reading is bad, really bad. So much so that I honestly believe it verges on fraudulent. There should be a warning somewhere stating "THIS BOOK IS NOT READ BY A HUMAN". This was the first, and last book I'll buy from Audible until I see warnings like that because I don't want to take a chance and waste my money on another book as horrible as this one.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Comely 07-17-12

    ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.

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    "How to Say Nothing in 256 Pages"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you don't read many books, and you want to understand how creative people think, there may be something new in here for you.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Scott Belsky again?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The book goes on and on without actually saying anything, and I think the narrator did what he could with what he had.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think it describes creative people pretty well, and the stereotypes involved.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't finish it. My time is valuable, and I wasn't getting any useful tips from it so I cut it short less than half way. Perhaps the second half is "bottom heavy" with great information, but I doubt it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 04-03-12
    Greg 04-03-12
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    "making ideas happen? not such a good idea"
    Would you try another book from Scott Belsky and/or Don Hagen?

    no


    Has Making Ideas Happen turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What about Don Hagen’s performance did you like?

    not much


    Any additional comments?

    this book couldn't hold my attention. Maybe that says something about me but I don't think so.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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