It was an privileged evening to attend the very first 99U Local Calgary earlier this week hosted by the inspirational James Boettecher. The goal of 99U is to shift the focus from idea generation to idea execution. We were treated to three inspiring speakers who did just that. Talked about not just having an idea but how them pushed from idea to making something happen. Here are my takeaways:
You’re being lied to. You’re being bombarded with quotes like:
- Anything you want, you can achieve it if you really want it.
- Good things come to those who hustle
Its all BS feel good crap to make you feel good when things are going really bad.
The deal is this. If it’s not a Fuck Yes, it’s a no. If its not a fuck yes, you’re saying yes to things that don’t fulfill you, excite you, drive you. So stop doing them? #thestruggleisreal as a leader and entrepreneur. When its just you, you can quit anytime. You can’t quit when you employ other people. You can have great ideas but nothing if you don’t act. Execution is all that matters. If you don’t do it, someone else will. You have to love what you do to put all of you into it. Either its a fuck yes, or its a no.
Dan Evans of Evans Hunt
Shit my Mentors Said:
Sometimes its just 100% perspiration
No one cares what you do – Murray Palmer (they care how you do it!)
Leap and the net shall appear.
People pay money to enjoy this (your work), not critique it.
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. Lao Tau
You get paid for your opinions so you better have one – Tricia Sirrs
Make a fucking decision and get on with it. – Dave Tourtelotte
Face the direction you’re going – Nancy Lowery
We’re just getting started – Dan Evans, A work in progress
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Musician
I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m ready for wherever it goes.
I walked away inspired and I hope you find just one little nugget here to move just one idea into making something with it.