Does your dream bring you alive?
Posted December 11, 2007on:
Which is easier? To make the interesting feasible or the feasible interesting?
Or I might say, how do you choose to live your life?
The Steve Jobs way?
Do you have a dream that you would like to come alive? Do you want to make the interesting feasible?
Or do you fight a losing battle trying to make the feasible interesting?
Why won’t you take the Steve Jobs way?
So many people won’t take the Steve Jobs route because they fear, if not know, deep down, that their dreams are not worth pursuing. It is not really anything to do with whether the dream is feasible, though that is the excuse. They just aren’t very good at dreaming!
Could you become a better dreamer?
If you are a bad dreamer, could you be better? We get better at most things with practice. Perhaps we can practice taking a small dream and bringing it alive.
When we get good at bringing small dreams alive, then that we might agree, deep down with Frank Boyd of Unexpected Media, that it is easier to make the interesting feasible than the feasible interesting.
Dreaming little dreams is the essence of creativity
In his address to the Creativity: Innovation & Industry Conference in Leicester last week, Frank Boyd also spoke of pitching: a process of testing dreams by speaking them aloud and shaping them as we go.
Pitching and rapid prototyping. Every week, inventors and designer stand up and spend 5 minutes describing their idea ~ and the get feedback. A simple format for their presentation is nABC ~ need, Audience, Benefit, Competition. Easy to say, hard to do; brilliant when we get feedback from others.
When our eyes light up . . .
I’ve used this in the inverse of pitching during coaching.
Rather than spend hours with psychological tests, I’ve asked youngsters to page through the newspaper and point out who they would like to be like.
I watch their eyes. When they light up, I know we are close to what they truly want and I cna help them take small steps to shape and pursue their dream.
Bring a small dream alive, today, and everyday!
And become very good at making the interesting feasible!
And here is a small poem to remind you that the beginning of every dream is right here, exactly were we stand!