“Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.” –Howard Aiken
The other day Liz posted about having dreams and how challenging it can sometimes be turning those dreams into reality.
About that same time Chris Brogan tossed out a phrase over at Twitter that caught my attention.
Lots of visionaries and not enough princes of execution
So which is it?
Do we need more dreamers or more doers?
Honestly I think we need more of both.
Too many of us are sitting on the couch, eating Klondike Bars, and watching American Idol. We’d rather complain about how unfair Simon is than allow ourselves to think about possibilities and potentialities.
And God forbid we ever get off our butts and actually start making something happen!
Now don’t get me wrong. Most of you know I’m a huge fan of Klondike Bars. (Mmmmm…)
Dreaming Can Be Scary Stuff
But the point is this. For far too many of us the idea of dreaming about what could be in the future is too frightening. We let the what ifs overwhelm us without even giving our dream a chance to take root, much less produce any fruit.
What if I fail and am disappointed?
Or worse yet, what if I succeed beyond my capabilities, can’t manage it and then in the end fail in a spectacularly public way?
Would you just take a moment and listen to the junky thoughts you let run through your mind?! If you heard someone else say that sort of stuff out loud you’d be all over them like a baseball manager on a umpire’s bad call.
Then There’s the Doing
In our instant gratification, microwave, atm, cell phone society far too many off us have developed an amazingly unhealthy aversion to a little effort.
We’ll drive around the Wal-Mart parking lot for 10 minutes trying to find a parking place up front instead of just parking out a little and walking a few extra steps. Even though deep down we know we’d get in the store faster if we did.
One of the biggest reasons so many of us are unwilling or unable to dream any more is because we think we’ve tried it and it didn’t work out. So we’ve given up.
But the reality is all we did was wish. And that’s not the same thing as dreaming.
A wish is something we think we’d like to have or see but don’t really think will ever happen. To many of us do that and think we are dreaming.
Dreaming is seeing something that isn’t there yet as though it was real already. When we seriously get to dreaming, there will come a moment when action is required to turn that dream into reality. With a wish we never have to worry about that step because we won’t get to it.
Turning our dreams into reality will require us to put down the Klondikes, turn off Idol, and do something.
Change is the Rub
Here’s the thing about that quote up there at the top. Watching our dreams become reality will require change.
And change? Fohr-ghet-ta-bow-tiht!
If your dream, your big idea, is truly different that what has gone before you won’t have to worry about anyone stealing it. The overwhelming majority of folks out there are so unwilling to change, even when they know the change will be a huge benefit to them.
Don’t believe me? Try to convince a smoker to quit.
Your dream, if it is truly unique to you, is relatively safe. Use appropriate caution and protect yourself wisely. But don’t worry too much.
Most folks aren’t going to be willing to make the changes necessary to steal your dream.
But that’s just the Way I C it.
–Chris Cree, SuccessCREEations.