Ten Tips For Putting Your Ideas Out Into The World

Looking for some inspiration to start putting your ideas out into the world?

Here are ten tips to help you get going:

  1. This is your life, you do you! Stop letting your mentors, family and friends dictate the path you should take.

  2. You are meant to do this! The years you spent learning how to specialize is a huge asset when it comes to bringing beautiful ideas into the world. Use your specialization superpower to your advantage. 

  3. YOU make your idea unique. Your idea has likely already been thought of many times over. Don’t worry about that, what makes it different is you.

  4. Don’t wait for the ideas to come. Create a process for capturing great ideas on the fly. Carry a notebook with you or create an “ideas” folder on your phone so you can quickly jot down your ideas before you forget. Having your ideas in one place allows you to quickly reference them later.

  5. Find a partner. Your ideas will be magnified and have a greater potential of success if you can partner with someone else. Look for someone who compliments your skills and build the idea together. Do not underestimate the power of being able to share and exchange ideas with another human.

  6. Build in public. Don’t be too concerned about the protection of your idea. Instead start to talk about it as you build via blog posts and social media. This allows you to test your ideas in real time with your community and build a following as you move towards the launch of your idea.

  7. Don’t spend money. While you are building in public, your goal should be to spend as little money as possible. See if you can create the least expensive version of your dream, test if it works, and build from there. 

  8. Take the time you need. There is a fine line between coming up with the perfect plan and over planning.  Too many people fail to get their idea off the ground because they spend too much time making the perfect plan. My rule of thumb: learn by doing.

  9. Flexibility is key. At the end of the day, your original idea will likely be different, embrace it. Too many people get caught up in the perfect idea that they miss an opportunity to pivot towards something that would allow them to build something even better. When it comes to launching an idea, I don’t believe in failure, only learning experiences and growth.

  10. Enjoy the ride. The best part of bringing a new idea into the world is that you are experiencing the beauty of starting something new. Nobody has done the thing you are doing quite like you, embrace it. 

Here’s to launching your ideas in 2021!

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Nate Zeisler is the Dean for Community Initiatives at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. He envisions a world where students majoring in the arts have a clear path to a sustainable career, where creative minds are empowered and inspired to rule the workforce, and where access to the arts is not just for the privileged few, but for all.

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