There’s no doubt about it. Ideas are all around us. Have you ever watched the show Shark Tank where people come in with fantastic ideas that actually work?
For most, taking those ideas from concept to creation is difficult. Let’s discuss a few steps to help you get started.
1. Research Your Idea
Find out if this is something that’s been done before. Is there a way to improve upon it? How can you make a product (a solution) that others haven’t thought of? There was an entrepreneur who appeared on Shark Tank that “reinvented the wheel.” It took a lot of time and research for him to develop his product.
2. Create Your Plan
It’s wonderful that you have this idea, but now, you have to create a fail-proof plan of action. Listening to the majority of entrepreneurs on Shark Tank, this is part of what they did. They put down the details of how their product would work. Having this plan of action will enable you to follow through and make the process much easier.
3. Squash the Fear
There’s always that fear factor. Will it work? Can I do this? You need to push that fear behind you. If you don’t, it can put an end to your dream. The fear will make you freeze in your tracks.
Think in terms of the big picture. Which is worse—to have tried and failed or for the rest of your life wonder what could have been?
You might find it encouraging that Walt Disney went bankrupt 11 times before he became successful. Do you think he let fear get the best of him?
4. Take Small Steps
Taking small baby steps is the best way to go about this. Otherwise, it could lead you to become overwhelmed. There’s nothing worse than looking at this long list of must do’s. Break things down. Create a step-by-step system. Once you do this, your system can be repeated over and over again.
5. Ask for Help
When it comes to areas you aren’t proficient in, hire someone else to work with you. There’s nothing wrong with bringing someone into the mix that can help you go from concept to creation.
Turning your ideas into action can be difficult—and yes, even scary—but the rewards can be huge!
Don’t rush into anything. Take your time to do the above steps and move towards your goal.