Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality
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I know, I know - I promised there would not be a long gap for best selling books around the country - but it has been a pretty busy summer! So, I will not prolong the wait. . READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Summer may be the time for hitting the beach, visiting those in-laws or just plain relaxing in the shade, but that doesn't keep our customers from opening up a good book while doing so! Here's what people everywhere were reading this past June from 8CR's International Best Selling Book Listing! FRANCE: Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently by Gregory Berns BELGUIM: Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky The NETHERLANDS: Strengths Finder 2. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
If you haven't been keeping up with Sally over on inBubbleWrap, I humbly recommend you start doing so. And this week would be a good time to start, because she is giving away Scott Belsky's wonderful new book, Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality. She named her post "Making Your Dreams Real," which may sound hyperbolic, but if you're a creative person (whether you're starting a business or a novel) you know that "Making Ideas Happen" really is "Making Your Dreams Real. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Rework is a beautifully conceived and designed book, certainly among this year's best. Springing from the big brains of the people at 37signals, the ideas and insights provided are well-written, short and actionable, and they're smartly split up with illustrations by Milwaukeean Mike Rohde. The text alone is probably worthy of an award, but enlisting Rohde to add what he calls skecthnotes puts it in an artistic class business books rarely enter. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
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 developed by anyone willing to develop their organizational habits and leadership capability. 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 creative people and teams that are especially productive-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 kill ideas liberally
Prioritize through nagging
Encourage fighting within your team
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."