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How to Breathe Life into an Idea

Updated on January 21, 2021
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Bob has been involved in community organizing for many years. He has a BA in social work.



Ideas where do they come from and once they arrive do they stay around or fade away? I find that ideas are everywhere and coming up with one is not difficult. What is tricky is how to take that idea and put some life into it; get it to breathe so it comes alive.

Over the years I have attended many meeting, been a part of a number of projects and heard thousands of ideas. One of the most common commons, right after someone saying I am a visual person is the person who says, I am an ideas person. Great, ideas are exciting, but can you take that idea and make it real, should you take that idea and make it real?

This second question is the most important one to answer; sometimes in our search for a solution we come up with something that could work but when we weigh the cost of doing it that price is too high. Example: using artificial fertilizers on crops does help them grow but it also creates a dependency upon the supplier of the fertilizer for more and more fertilizer. The use of fertilizers is also extremely harmful to the environment and the runoff from agricultural facilities is doing much damage.

So is the use of artificial fertilizers a sound solution to improving food production?

Back to the point, brining ideas to life or making dreams real.

As I just discussed the first step is to determine the ethics of what you are planning. Will your idea if brought to life do any harm? If so what and what can be done to reduce or ameliorate that harm? Who will be hurt? How?

The idea is harmless; at least, as far as you can project, so what is the next step.

The Steps you need to now take are:

1: A clear and concise definition of what you plan to do.

2: A list of the resources you will need.

3: A list of the resources you have on hand.

4: A list of what you need to acquire.

5: Do you need other people, who for what?

6: Where you will get what you do not have and what that will cost.

7: A projected budget that shows income sources and costs.

8: Develop a timeline between now and the date the idea becomes real.

If you have reached this point you are well on your way to taking a dream and making it real or to breathing life into an idea.

If you can imagine a thing you can do, but it takes more than wishful thinking to get from the appearance of an idea to its realization. Believe you can and plan.


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