A thoughtful post from Scott Berkun’s blog which turns into brilliance with this one paragraph.
“The closest thing to a real secret is this: In my years studying and teaching all things innovation, there’s one fact that’s the hardest for people to swallow and it goes as follows – To invent or create is to take a bet against the unknown. No matter what you do, you are still betting you can do well in the face of many things that are out of your control. Don’t like that? Don’t want uncertainty? Then do something else. Comfort with risk and uncertainty is the real secret. Or at least acceptance of the fact you can work your ass off for uncertain rewards. Anyone who wants to create something new is placing a bet that
their view of the future is better than everyone elses’, or at least their competitors.”
The second post, from Glen Stansberry’s blog, “Are You Prepared To Lose Control Of The Idea?”
I’ve edited together the key points for me:
“One of the most intoxicating aspects of having an idea is having control over the idea. We thrive on building, planning, analyzing, almost anything but actually doing. “Some people never understand that if they hand over control of the original idea, something better might come out of it. “Sometimes our idea outgrows us. The trick is to swallow the thick pride and embrace the potential of what could happen.”
And last, a quote from Robert Frost which I found in the entertaining book: “I Never Metaphor I Didn’t Like,’ by Dr. Mardy Grothe. “An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.“