Sometimes you just have to grab a pen and paper and go to work. I think we’ve become so accustomed to using tools that we have forgotten the value and efficiency of a simple pen and paper.
Simple is always better – that’s a fact.
The best approach to building an idea starts with sitting down with a trusty pen and paper or at a Think Table (Like that plug didn’t ya) and sketching out your thoughts and ideas.
A blank canvas or lots of white space provides this place to think different and generate lots of ideas quickly without any restraints. You can also explore other options and variations without any real risks – you can just throw it all out their and start to visualize something amazing.
While complex technology programs are great for putting the finishing touches on something, they’re not the quickest way to start the ideation process.
Here’s the question: Are you making things to difficult by pulling up another program when you could just be sitting down and starting to explore?
There is a simpler way. Try it. Use it. Go.
I’ve failed at a lot of things in my life including start-ups, and you know what, I’m pretty excited about it. You would think that I would be sitting here crying a river like most people, but I’m not. Instead I’m reading, learning, studying, asking tough questions, reflecting on my screw ups, and working on a bunch of new start-ups with amazing and brilliant people.
Realizing that it is a combination of things that cause a start-up to fail, one question that I’ve asked myself over and over after having a start-up fail pretty bad is, “What makes start-ups succeed or fail?”
If you’re not already using Evernote it might be something you should try. Really, you should try it. Don’t do this because I told you to, but because it will change your life.
I signed up for it about 2-3 months ago and and it changed my life! Getting things done, staying organized, and making things happen started to become a breeze after using Evernote.
Think about the last meeting you were sitting in. What happened? Did you doze off into dreamy land? Did you pretty much fall asleep? Let’s be honest, most meetings suck. You have probably read the book, “Death by meeting“. I can’t tell you how many times I have felt this way. Meetings can be killer.
However, can we all agree that there are meetings that are important and valuable, and it is us who make them valuable?
A couple a weeks ago I had lunch with a friend who is at the end of his cancer. He was diagnosed last December after feeling very weak and dizzy. His wife rushed him to the hospital and sure enough he had cancer. At first they were devastated, frustrated, and angry, but they believed God had a plan and a purpose for all things.
As I sat and listened to him share his stories of pain, suffering, and life, I was encouraged, inspired, and motivated to be more like him. A man who just coming out of cancer had so much faith and appreciation for what was ahead. He was pumped up and ready for anything.
Are you walking, living, eating, and breathing your brand? Or are you crawling around complaining, whining, and criticizing others about their brands. Losers do these things. This is not how you build a brand and this is for sure not how you live out a brand. WAY
Think of the Olympic runner training to win the Olympics. Often training for years. Their commitment is stronger than anyone I have ever seen. Daily, they live, eat, and breathe their career as a runner. They are consumed with anything and everything that it takes to win. You will never find an Olympic runner sitting around complaining, whining, or criticizing others. Instead you will find them making things happen by living, eating, and breathing their careers as runners.
This week, as I was traveling and running all over the country I thought, “What would it look like if I took time every week to take my random thoughts, ideas, notes, prayers, and everything else I write down in my journal every week, and build a weekly blogging plan?” Would this help put some structure and balance into my life? Would this help when I was struggling to come up with something to write about?
I was already filling my journal with stuff all week, why not put that stuff to good use? I didn’t want to lose the realness and get to agenda like. But, I did want to make sure all the stuff I was journaling was getting applied and used. A battle went on in my head. Should I build a plan? Should I not build a plan? It went on and on for hours. Then, I thought, “Lets let the journal decide”.
A few years ago I had a conversation with a great leader named Sherman Henderson about appreciation. This man is a great communicator. People love following him because of his genuine thankfulness and appreciation for people. This is why I follow him.
On one occasion I asked him what he does to connect with people and show real thankfulness and appreciation. He said, “Thank you cards”. I asked him to explain. He went on to tell me that he hand writes anywhere from 20-30 thank you cards per week. He said he would send them out to leaders, young entrepreneurs, family members, and anyone else he just wanted to thank and let them know he appreciates them.