Saturday, January 1, 2011

Risk to Succeed

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. - Muhammad Ali

Recently read "Making Ideas Happen", by Scott Belsky with strategies to convert ideas to action.  Keys are to first be well organized and second have a strategic technique for execution.

Be comfortable with the risk of failure - a key to execution. 

The following tips were also offered:
  • Be persistent in following up others' delivery on their action steps - don't let up.
  • Develop and set constraints for a project - budget time or specification considerations.
  • Temper your tolerance for change.  Modification and new ideas in the early stage of a project are fine but can be crippling in later stages.
  • Celebrate progress.  This motivates further action and progress.
  • Develop an action routine - a structured, timed approach for getting things done at particular times of the day.
  • Reduce your insecurity work - the amount of time you spend checking your inbox and reviewing information that has no real meaning in terms of moving a project forward.
  • Consider your environment.  Is it conducive for action - in terms, for instance, of noise, interruptions and other distractions?
A takeaway is sharing your ideas.  Ideas not shared die in isolation.  Let people know what you're up to when projects are in progress - a form of transparency which may help open the door to potential future collaborators or improved productivity.

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. - Jim Rohn

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