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Scott Belsky on How to Avoid Idea Plateaus

Scott Belsky on How to Avoid Idea Plateaus
by Maria Popova “Ideas are cheap and abundant,” proclaimed legendary management consultant and self-described social ecologist Peter Drucker, “what is of value is the effective placement of those ideas into situations that develop into action.” Hand raise: Who here has had a big idea, the kind that keeps you up at night excitedly plotting its release into the world, only to have it plateau and lose steam before coming to fruition? We thought so. And how do we handle that? We come up with a new idea, a shot of creative dopamine to the brain, only to have it suffer the same fate. The project plateau is littered with the carcases of dead ideas that have never happened. If you haven’t yet read Scott’s book, Making Ideas Happen, we strongly encourage you to do so. Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month. You can also become a one-time patron with a single donation in any amount: Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter. Share on Tumblr

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