Loads of people have great ideas and many of them thought of things like the mobile phone, virtual reality and new companies like Uber or Netflix years before they happened. But there is a huge difference between thinking about them and actually bringing the idea to fruition.
Here’s some tips on taking your idea and making it a reality:
- Reality check
When you have a good idea you can easily get caught up in the excitement of having something new, but if you don’t take a moment to slow down and plan carefully you might end up going down the wrong path. First you need to understand the importance of the problem you are trying to solve, before you start to spend any money on it. Ask yourself ‘on a scale of 1-10, what is the likelihood that I will achieve this, and what is the cost if I don’t?’
- Define specific goals
Stop yourself from getting disheartened and losing track by setting small, shorter term goals. By having a series of small wins you will keep up the momentum and are less likely to feel overwhelmed which could lead you to give up.
- Ask for feedback
It’s not always the best idea to keep your project a secret until you think it’s ready to be showcased. Speaking to others about your project is good as you can get a different perspective and some new insights that you may have missed. It’s also a good way to test your project to find any stress points or bugs that can be fixed before they become a larger problem.
- Be patient
Turning your idea into reality won’t happen overnight, infact, it will probably take longer than you might have hoped or anticipated. This is where many people can get discouraged and lose hope about their idea. Once you reach this stage you need to keep pushing forward, rather than giving up. It’s often at this pinch point that you either keep going and find success, or you abandon your project. You have to have the patience and grit to keep going and face your challenges head on.