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No excuses

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I find a lot of stuff on the net in the course of scouring it for nuggets of inspiration. Much of the time this works for my studies (graphic design) but…sometimes (sometimes…)….it’s totally and utterly gratuitous. Study fail:( I just like reading about new stuff and thinking about new ideas. But unfortunately, this can also get you stuck in the ‘inspiration’ stage – that fabulous stage where you get to sit around, brainstorming anything and everything, looking up everything, reading all sorts of amazing and fascinating things, and seeing if any of them spark some grand train of thought which will lead you on to your next, life-changing innovation (or uni assignment output). Fun! But not so good for the work ethic. Trouble is, if you someone like me, you get addicted to this part – you get absolutely high off finding new information that you forget that refining is also necessary and some decision making and action (ACTION) is required. And no, searching for that next bit of excellent, random and possibly awesome – but probably useless – bit of information is NOT action. Sometimes you just gotta dive in and START. Hence this blog in all its premature, ill-designed (blurgh. Beige), somewhat haphazard, half-unfinished glory. I’m just doing it so that at least the train is set in motion.

Anyway, I digress, this article via the excellent 99% is about all the common excuses that hold us back from action (ACTION). It’s great. And defs make you hold back before you reel out the old “I don’t have enough time/money/information/etc” excuse as to why surfing the net or going for a neighbourhood wander is more important than actually starting. 99% is a really great site focusing on making ideas happen (as opposed to inspiring you to think them) and many really great innovators of today have spoken or written for it. This is a perfect article to banish all those sneaky excuses as to why we’re doing something other than that which we are supposed to.

99 Excuses For NOT Making Ideas Happen

(Having said that, 99% also endorses the support of daylighting and the 70-20-10 rule by which Google and many other fab, innovative companies live. The 70-20-10 rule allows employees to work 70% of their work time on projects directly related to their employment, 20% on indirectly related projects and 10% on stuff that is new and/or has nothing to do with work whatsoever. The 10% is what created Google Wave apparently which was actually great and I honestly believe will be back in some form or another. Sooooo, maybe it’s an article about those terrible excuses to not do ANYthing as well as those excuses to avoid the projects we love. Either way, no excuses!).

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  1. To anyone reading this right this instance, apologies for al lthe spelling/grammatical errors. Just fixed them up (all of them hopefully…). Editing is not my forte! Soz.

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