Field of Dreams is a inspiring movie with a great line that everyone who has seen it (and many who haven’t) know by heart: “Build it and they will come.”
But is the real world so simple? Sure, we need to act on faith–but there’s got to be some wisdom in our approach or we’ll march off a cliff!
My friend Kevin Miller from FreeAgentAcademy.com just posted a great blog post about finding an audience for your idea before investing a ton of time and money.
[By the way, I’m planning on attending the next Free Agent Academy Round Table in September. If anyone is interested in going, let me know and I can get you a special invitation price.]
It all boils down to moving forward with a plan. Fail to plan and you’re blindly hoping for the best. How many gamblers and would-be internet millionaires are now paying off hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt because they had the next great idea…and it bombed!
If you’re like me the ideas fly through your head so fast you can hardly write them down before the next one comes along. If I acted on them all, I’d be starting something new everyday, broke, depressed and a full-time failure.
After documenting the idea on any scrap of paper or computer screen I have with me, my first step is to walkaway and breathe. I have to have the discipline to stop and evaluate the ideas, let them form some substance and get some feedback. Most of the time, the ideas are novel, but not profitable (in time or money).
But there are gems in this noggin of mine. I’m polishing a few right now, and WoosleyCoaching.com is just the beginning.
So what about you? Are you full of ideas, or do you struggle to formulate anything? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
[Warning, this post came about from a last minute idea. It cost me about 15 minutes I could have spent sleeping. Hope it’s worth it!]