This past Sunday I was visiting Virginia Beach and just happened to pop into the local Barnes and Noble when I discovered this little gem: a children’s book with a title that instantly caught my eye: What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada.
Why, that sounds like everything that I teach! Had to check it out….
After an immediate impulse buy, I realized that I’d been drawn there in that moment to find that book for a reason, and that it was to remind me that what it had to share was powerful.…and that so many of us need to hear it, no matter how many times we might’ve heard it before. It was also an affirmation that what I love to do–teaching people how to believe in their dreams and take action to make them happen–is just the path for me.
Quite a lot to get out of a Kid story, huh?
But there is a lot to be said for children’s books. Sometimes they put things so simply, so clearly and without the judgement that the adult mind can bring to the picture.
This book brings up points that are relevant to anyone at any age. Don’t be afraid of your ideas. Don’t be afraid of your dreams. Let them be what they will and they’ll teach you everything you need to know.
It is amazing what clarity a children’s book can bring sometimes. But in the world of grown-ups, I had to ask myself where the disconnect comes in. Why does everything get so complicated when you grow up?
Of course, when you’re in the “adult” world, we know that there is more responsibilities, issues, and challenges than kids usually think of….that’s pretty obvious! But as I see it, the problem comes in when we let interruptions, complications, and conditioned fear derail the train. Remembering the buoyancy of a child’s view while accepting the challenges of adult’s world without too much judgement just might be the way to go. Is there a way to integrate these things and actually have fun when building your dream business and life?
Of course there is. The old line surely applies: “Simple, but not easy.” But yes, you can do it.
What DO you do with an idea? And for starters, I am asking you, dear reader, what IS your idea? Do you know yet? What is it that won’t leave you alone? What do you do with it once you find it? Will you find the courage and the inspiration to actually go through with pursuing it? And how do you finally get it done?
Here’s a quick breakdown of the process I’ve identified using my own experiences as well as the wisdom of this wonderful book:
-What is the idea?
-What do you want to do with it?
-How do you get it moving?
-What if other people laugh?
-What if you get scared?
-What do you do if it changes along the way?
For the next few weeks I’ll be addressing these areas one at a time. So I ask you this question, my friends: What step in on that list seems to be the most difficult for you right now? Where do you get stuck and what kind of help would you wish for? I’d love to hear all about it!
And in the meantime, you can buy the book either at your local bookstore (preferable!) or at the Author’s website right here. (Bottom row, right hand side!)
Love everyone so very much and talk soon!