When you think of Creativity, what are the thoughts that hit you first?
Well, you might consider it as the ability to come up with shiny, jaw dropping, awe inspiring ideas.
But in my experience, the hard part about Creativity is not about coming up with new ideas at all.
And that is the thought of this week . On their own, ideas are nothing. Execution is everything!
Well, we get ideas all the time. In the shower.. while shaving, or brushing our teeth. But it’s the guy who walks out of the shower, dries off and buckles down to work is the one who makes the difference. Writes the bestseller. Outshines in the workplace. Makes millions.
Okay, I agree that ideas are sexy.. fascinating.. alluring – they inspire confidence in us. But they are also a bunch of dangerous, reckless, wild things. They make us overestimate our ability to execute. And that can hit you very hard – as it happened to the 3 guys here.
In early 2003, a bunch of Harvard seniors stumbled on the idea of creating a dating site for the university. They engaged a freshman to program their site. Well, it turns out that the kid they hired was smarter than they had bargained for. He improved on their idea, built a cool website and launched it himself. The new site created a storm on the Internet, and that kid went on to become one of the world’s youngest billionaires.
You guessed it right. This is the story of Facebook.
The point is, can anyone deny Mark Zuckerberg the credit for Facebook’s success?. He might not have owned the idea, but then, ideas are tied to reality only by execution. In the movie “The Social network”, Zuckerberg famously says – “ If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you’d have invented Facebook.”. Touché!
Friends. Fellows. Countrymen!
The path to success winds through mountains of pain, heartbreaks, heartburns and learning.. And there are so other many factors like vision, talent, analytical insights, passion and most importantly, luck.. An idea is just the beginning!..
That brings us to the next question. Why is understanding this life changing?
Because, if you have a brilliant idea, be sure that this not enough. Brace yourself; you have a long way to go.
And don’t be too upset if someone else stumbled on the same idea as yours.. Execution is everything.. baby!! 🙂