It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen

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It all starts with ideas. Ideas that strike in periods of unexpected failure and mediocrity, that arise form long held passions or lone yet boisterous walks. Or even the brazen thoughts that unexpectedly hit the grey mines of your brain.

No, idea is the outcome of a single situation. Circumstances and aspirations come together to brew entrepreneurs who have the courage to follow through and turn dreams into reality. They are the ones who experiment, execute and toil to turn something that was just an idea to something you would someday reckon with. This runs true for all entrepreneurs – big or small, known or unknown, famous or not. Any idea that does not test the light of the day loses an opportunity of being great in the books of entrepreneurship.

Of course, that does not mean that one should follow through anything or everything that might seem to be a business opportunity. The risks need to be weighed, the possibility needs to be rationalised and most importantly the passion needs to be well directed. Although, it seems ironical to talk about rationalising possibilities that take root from dreams! But, sometimes you can afford to be delusional. Nothing excitingly new can come up without the preconception of being surreal, for some if not all. That is what dreams are in the first place, right?  Coming from the man who envisioned a world of dreams and turned them into reality, Walt Disney himself put it,” When you believe in thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

Having talked about dreams, ideas, notions and passions one thing that followed through was making them happen. After all what is an idea for an entrepreneur if it cannot be fulfilled. Often, the importance of planning is emphasized. While Gloria Steinem talks about dreaming being equivalent to planning, Abraham Lincoln talked about how your plans largely affect the result:

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”
― Gloria Steinem

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
― Abraham Lincoln

You will come across several hundred quotes (from people of very distinct profiles: google Gloria Steinem and Abraham Lincoln, you will know) about planning if you browse the net. The point being, planning is important but as people who are easily get caught in frivolities we tend to take these quotes too literally. We end up being over planners: tweezing every little detail, digging up too much on ideas that are in some serious need for action.  Ideas are good, but it is the action that makes them great. You plan some and act more: take some risk, check the depth of your plan (not with both feet all the time!), take the experience on board, and now tweeze your plans. Do not over rate planning, it is important but so is action. It’s a scientific fact, you learn more from doing than visualizing.

Imagine, Henry Ford not taking the risk of starting the very first assembly line. It did have its share of pros and cons, but then had he sat all the while trying to figure out what could go wrong with the assembly line; the world would have been left bereft of one of the greatest inventions (to start with) in the automobile industry. It was the implementation, action that made an experiment turn into a practise that has been revolutionising industries for several decades now.

Moreover, it isn’t just about ideas or dreams. An average person dreams between 1,460 to 2,190 dreams in a year. That means about 4 to 6 dreams in a single night! Of course, each of these dreams is not an entrepreneurial idea. In fact most of us do not even remember our dreams forget about them being ideas to be conceived. Leave dreams, an average person has around 50,000 ideas in day! Now, how many of these are entrepreneurial ideas? More important being, how many of these few entrepreneurial ideas are plans of action. And even more important is the question how many of these are actually implemented to see if they are substance or mere froth? Even though you may have started to wonder how many entrepreneurial ideas or dreams you have ever had, there isn’t a dearth of entrepreneurs in this world. And, as I say this I intend to include everyone from the milkman who delivers milk at my door step every morning to board directors who make important decisions that affect world economies.

It is not new for us: having ideas, making plans and sometimes following them through. Most of the times we are bound in a system of organisations, these organisations may be the schools or colleges we go to, offices we work in or communities we belong to. And it is quite predictable in such set environments for our mind to have similar ideas, mostly stimulated by the rigid notions these organisations present to us. Our actions as well follow in line with these conventional organizations and their ideology. So, as entrepreneurs we may talk about ideas (tested or brand new) but the propensity and effort required on our part to follow these through is huge. Entrepreneurs are people who aspire to build their own kingdoms. Once, you consider yourself one the focus shifts from having ideas to implementations and follow ups.

So, from all the great entrepreneurs the world has had or has: Walt Disney, Henry Ford, J.P Morgan, Coco Chanel, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg.  Each of them saw, challenged and walked the roads that separate dreams from reality. “Ideas and action” that is what made them the entrepreneurs they are. They nurtured their dreams, fighting through all odds and standing up in situations when most of us would chose to sit back. But most importantly, they understood what the great British mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once said:

“The vitality of thought is in adventure, ideas won’t keep something must be done about them!”

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6 Comments

  1. SWATI DEWAN says:

    thank you gurneet! 🙂

  2. gurneet Kaur says:

    Nice 🙂

  3. gurneet Kaur says:

    Thoughts worth appreciating . So true !

  4. Kartik Jain says:

    Definitely worth thinking !

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