You may not think of yourself as brave yet ideas alone can be an act of bravery and the willingness to act on new ideas is the very bravery that makes progress possible. If you find yourself excited by an idea of your own or inspired by someone else’s idea, the willingness to act is no longer in question – the questions become “How?” “Who?” “Why?” and the answers often require more new ideas. Just as communication is a key element of leadership, it is ultimately what makes entrepreneurship possible. Our willingness to act must become a willingness to ask.
“Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.” — Alfred North Whitehead
Our greatest resource will always be each other and our excitement about a new project is infectious so talk it up, then talk some more. Talk to friends, strangers, and other leaders. Just remember, the most important aspect of communication is listening. The answers to “How?” “Who?” and “Why?” await discovery in the storehouses of others’ ideas and resources. Talking about our own ideas and goals encourages others to do the same and, not only is that the best way to discover a “who” or two, chances are somebody else has an idea that makes implementation of your idea possible.
“Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” — Seth Godin
Complementary ideas are the best of all possible worlds, especially when those ideas are focused on making the best possible world we can. It is as important to not get discouraged by big ideas as it is to not settle for small ones. The little ideas can be powerful yet seldom inspire others so keep the ideas huge and use the smaller ones to make the outrageous ones possible. If there are no stupid questions, the trick is to trust that there are no stupid answers either for the stupid question is the one never asked and the worst answer is the one never given.
“Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” — President Harry Truman
Innovation is ultimately the driving force behind our endeavors as well as the common thread between leadership and entrepreneurship. While leadership is the ability to bring innovation into being, entrepreneurship takes that a step farther and recognizes the need for innovation. That instinct may not be teachable but it can certainly be encouraged, and should. Recognizing a need is only the beginning, and it doesn’t matter who recognized it first, only that we act on it. Ideas plus action create the seed of innovation and may be the very innovation you need in your own life.
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-Article Written By Dorian Dorey