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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Great methods, tiring narration

It’s great book with very useful content. Narrators voice was tiring. Check if you are comfortable with the voice before buying the book.

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Good content, really boring

I couldn't make it far into the book. The front was just too boring. Occasionally I got past it but gave up.

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Basic, intro level

Maybe useful to students and people just getting started. Some helpful anecdotes and sound bites.

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Diversity is the key

This book did a great job of explaining how organizations can successfully innovate if you get the right mix of talent and viewpoints AND you create an environment where the differences are treated strengths.

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Boring. Mostly common sense.

Don't waste your time and money on this one!! I couldn't even listen to it right through... Too boring and the narrator couldn't keep my interest.

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Not the right narrate for this book

I was so excited to listen to this book, but suggest to rather buy the actual book and read it. It just wasn't holding my attention.

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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!

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Loved the narrator

The book was very helpful and gave me insight into motivation. Interesting and I enjoyed the voice!

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Loved the concepts, Hated the reading.

Would you listen to Making Ideas Happen again? Why?

The book is well written and the ides are easy to understand. Unfortunately, I've heard Mr. Hagen read fiction before and I think he does a much better job of that. It's a little easy to get lost when he's reading a business book and I kept having to rewind and listen to sections over again.