“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
I’ve always been impressed by people who were consistently successful. Steve Jobs, Elie Saab, Coco Chanel, Henry Ford, Walt Disney and the list goes on... We all have our own examples of successful people like these, who we admire. But how do they do it? What do they have in common?
They all had ideas. None of them kept it floating. They each had a vision that brought their dreams to life. There’s a remarkable difference between wishing for something, and the relentless pursuit of a dream.
Walt Disney himself had a bit of a rough start. A newspaper editor fired him because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." After that, he started a number of businesses that didn't last too long, and ended with failure. He kept trying, and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.
On the opening day of Walt Disney World, Walt’s brother Roy was being interviewed. The reporter commented that it was a shame that Walt did not live to see it. Roy quietly replied, “if Walt hadn’t seen it first, we wouldn’t be seeing it today.” Today Disney makes billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world.
If you were to close your eyes and think of the most daring, crazy, but spectacular idea that would shake your whole existence, what would you do about it?
Here are ten key points that can help you bring your ideas to life and put you on the success path.
No condition is the perfect one. If you are waiting until everything is well set and perfect, then you will probably never achieve what you have in mind.
Practice, practice and practice. Try for a week to actually do things rather than just think of doing them. Go exercise when you think that you should; share your creative idea with an investor. Don’t keep your ideas to yourself, they will shrink and fade away.
Action removes fear. We are almost always afraid of doing things, but whenever we start doing them, the fear goes away, and we start thinking, “well this is easier than I thought it was”.
Mind map your ideas. This will enormously help you break your ideas into smaller, more detailed actions. http://www.imindmap.com/videos/
Bear in mind that the present is the perfect time to start things. This is the only time where you can take action and affect your life. If you keep on thinking what you should have done in the past or should do in the future, it will always stay there, where you’ve projected it.
Avoid distraction and stay focused. When you focus on getting things done, you’ll be more productive and you will achieve more.
Take initiative. Have a good plan. Start implementing it as soon as you can, without waiting for the approval of others. Successful people take decisive and immediate action.
Let others know about your plan. If you tell people around you that you are going to do something, it will be harder for you not to achieve it.
Limit your to-do list. Sometimes we get too excited when writing down what we should do. We usually write so many tasks that we feel drained and so we procrastinate. Avoid what’s unnecessary and do the most important thing.
- Ask the right question. “How?” Instead of “if?” What can I do right now to make this dream a reality? The answer should be reasonable, so that you can work on its implementation as soon as you can.