BUSINESS

Cycle of an Idea

I realized the other day that ideas have a life-cycle. Like house plants + banana muffins. Somehow, I always thought ideas were timeless, life fairy tales + McDonalds french fries.

As I was franticly going through every item on my grocery list to double check I wasn’t missing any of the ingredients to make my infamous granola recipe, I became aware that ideas have stages – from aha moment to launch, and everything in-between.

Sometimes, ideas live inside a forgotten Moleskin journal. Other times, they are planted in fertile soil by dreamers.

Ideas get stuck quite frequently too, in decision paralysis + overwhelm + rejection. Some, never make it to the sun. Others, beat the odds.

Today, I set out to map out the cycle of an idea. Here goes.

Lightbulb Moment

“Look who’s finally decided to show up? Miss Epiphany Fairy! Where were you? I showered. I called. I text messaged you. Gimme a sec to get my notepad, I wanna write everything down!” This is the initial spark.

Dream Phase

The magical place where you suddenly can’t stop thinking about your idea. Once lightning strikes it becomes an addiction. You’re in Disneyland. You’re seduced by the rush. You can’t shut up about it. You daydream about all the possibilities. You tell your mom, “Mom, I’m gonna be a millionaire!!!”. Wait you’ve never called your mom to tell her you’re gonna be a millionaire? Right. Me neither.

Implementation Station

The big commitment. “I’m serious you guys!” proclamations. The day you sit down + take a deep breath + look at your idea + tease it apart + open your calendar + map out a plan to make it happen. The plan sucks, most likely. Will probably get rewritten 107397344 times, but who’s counting? The ball is rolling. I love rolling. Rolling feel freaking amazing. And you know what happens when you feel great? Exactly! You do great sh*t. Starting is sublimely revolutionary.

The Dip

The rough patch. The low point. The moment when things stop being exciting + fun, and they start being, how can I put it lightly?, a pain in the ass.  The place where you find yourself asking, “Is it really worth the hassle?”. According to the bestselling author Seth Godin, what really sets superstars apart from everyone else is the ability to escape dead ends quickly while staying focused + motivated when it really counts. This is the tipping point of all ideas, either you quit or you conquer. 

World Domination

Alright, it might not feel like “WORLD DOMINATION” yet Pinky, but if you’ve made it this far you’ve already done something remarkable. You are part of the 1% who didn’t drop off when it hurt. You won because you didn’t give up too soon. The challenge now is to surface new milestones. Maybe it means bundling up a blog series into an e-book. Perhaps it’s turning an digital guide into a hard cover coffee table book. Or it might mean developing your very own app. Whatever it is, you’ll figure it out champ.

. . .

The other day I saw a headline, “I’m just here tinkling the ivories: Eccentric British pianist plays piano to blind elephants at the top of Thai mountain.” I’m serious, don’t you EVER let anyone tell you your ideas is too crazy, that it can’t be done. This guy hauled a piano up a mountain to play music for blind elephants for God’s sake! Sometimes crazy is the only way epic is born.

Our extraordinary capacity for imagination, to dream better, has given rise to the most far-fetched ideas that have taken us from caves to the moon.

Blaze on supernovas. Blaze on!

In what stage of the idea cycle are you in? Tell me in the comments.

 

 

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BUSINESS

Completion vs. Commitment

For the most part, we spend our days trying to complete things.

Curious, because things that matter the most are not to-do material, they are fueled by passion and commitment.

I want us to talk about this for a second, and reflect upon this dichotomy. 

Completion vs. commitment. See the difference?

In the comments, I would like to know ONE thing you feel really committed to and why.

Thanks to my friend Srinivas Rao for inspiring this week’s episode.

As always, thank you so much for tuning in.

BUSINESS

Want to Instantly Feel Better?

One of the BEST ways to make yourself better instantly is to make other people happy.

But how exactly do you make other people happy?

I’ll tell you in today’s episode!

A little lovin’ goes a LOOOONG way. Not just for the person receiving it, but for the one giving it.

Do good. Feel A-MA-ZING! It’s fast acting and long lasting. 

Do you remember the last time you felt a happiness boost just for being… I dunno I good human being?

Share that thing you did in the comments to help inspire more random acts of kindness.

 

BUSINESS

The Traits of Ongoing McConaissance

This episode is inspired by Matthew McConaughey’s speech for winning Best Actor for his turn in Dallas Buyers Club.

You’ll wanna hit play to learn the traits of ongoing McConaissance.

So, I gotta ask:

  • What do you look up to?
  • What do you look forward to?
  • What do you chase? And if what you chase is your hero… and that hero is you a few years away, what is she like + what is she doing?

Whatever you decide these things are for you – whatever it is you look up to + whatever it is you look forward to + whoever it is you chasing, I say, “Do it right!!!”

You only live once but when you do it right, once is enough.

 

 

 

PS: If you want to see Matthew McConaughey’s full speech for winning Best Actor for his turn in Dallas Buyers Club, click here!

BUSINESS

Dear Internet Browser, This Is An Intervention!

Yeah, research maniac, I’m talking to you.

Please sit down. We need to have a talk.

I know you think your “Internet research” starts innocently, but then you need to look up just one more thing. Before you know it, you are 52 sites deep + 2 hours have rushed by, wasted on what was supposed to be a 30 second quick search.

Fact: There is no such thing as speedy web search.

Technology is supposed to make life easier. It’s meant to save us time. Yet, between e-mail + web-surfing + scrolling down recipes your not even gonna make + cute baby videos + Instagram stories, we domino into browsing black holes.

According to research, people spend an average of 23.5 hours a week online. That’s nearly a day a week, swept away. Wait a second, that’s also 52 days spent searching for something. What were we looking for anyways?

What could you accomplish if you could reclaim even a portion of that time? Aha. That’s why I’m here.

I wrote this post to give you FOUR practical ways to reduce your web time quite a bit:

  1. When you reeeeeally need to get work done without interruptions, take yourself off the grid. That means NO INTERNET. Yeap that includes putting your phone on  “airplane mode” too. There are software apps that will let you block specific websites for a specified amount of time even if you want a more oficial solution.
  2. Set a time limit on your web adventures. Better yet, set an actual timer with a loud + annoying alarm. This puts a boundary on your surfing. Or, at a minimum, it will snap you out of your web-induced coma when it starts ringing.
  3. Train your brain to resist the urge. Do you really need to know the answer to every bit of trivia that pops up in the course of your day? Trick your mind to resist the urge to stalk your favorite blogger, take the test to see what Star Wars character you are or check to see if there’s a new carpool karaoke video up. One peek could end up spiraling you into a rabbit hole. You are stronger than the temptation.
  4. Save it for later alligator. When browsing, it can be tempting to keep clicking each related link. Next thing you know you’re stuffing donuts down your face. Where am I? I dunno about you but this always makes me feeling like crap, like the project I’m working on isn’t good enough, like it needs one extra module, one more chapter, one more thing. Know the feeling, don’t ya? So lately I’ve just been saving stuff for later. I literally just take a screenshot or pin it. It gives me peace of mind that it will be there when I need it. And it end the research frenzy. Interestingly, I often find that when I  go through my saved queue, I clear out many articles without reading ’em. Yep, upon later reflection, you realize they weren’t worth the time in the first place.

How do you prevent yourself from endlessly surfing the web? You can leave a comment below.

Remember, no one ever became successful sitting in front of the computer all day. Or on their phones + tablets. Think about that.

We’ll meet again. Soon.

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