This is part of a series of peeks into my notes from the World Domination Summit.
Scott Belsky, founder of Behance and author of Making Things Happen, was one of the people I most anticipated hearing at the World Domination Summit.
As a coach for creatives, I, like Scott, am obsessed with how we bring our brilliant ideas into form.
But it wasn’t long before Scott was sharing ideas that go beyond how I think about productivity and creativity.
Scott’s session was the most powerful one for me at WDS. His presentation showed me how the way I have been working isn’t actually working.
It’s not easy sitting in an auditorium, getting a clear picture of the flaws and cracks in your system. But with no escape and a deep motivation to improve, I soaked it up and learned how to think and act in new ways.
The downside of making things happen
As a creative person, I’m inclined to rush forward to make things without taking the time to carefully set up a system so I can repeat the process.
Scott talked about the dreamers (lots of ideas, little action) the doers (obsessed with how we’ll make things) and the incrementalist (a combination between dreamer and doer.)
I’m known as someone who gets things done, someone who ships, someone who has her act together. So I was proudly identifying myself as the incrementalist who makes things (e-books, workshops, retreats, books) happen.
Then Scott announced that the problem with this kind of creator is we can’t scale our business. We’re constantly making but not seeing the big picture.
And it’s no coincidence that this has been the biggest question for me in recent years: how do I scale my business?
I came away from Oregon with a determination to make my work processes work better for me. I also came home with the realization that most, if not all of my systems needed to be upgraded and refreshed.
I made notes and made ready to make change happen in August. But it wasn’t long before I realized that despite my enthusiasm, the kind of systemic changes I’m making – database, distribution, bookkeeping, computer, storage – will take longer than a month.
I’m still sorting out my processes on a minute to minute basis and on the systemic level. I’m working my way through Making Ideas Happen and learning to slow down. I’m grateful for Scott and the people who help me grow and improve.
It’s not easy, but I am willing. I know that if you want to change your life, you have to change.
How about you? Ready for change? What one change could you make this week to be better organized?