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3.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 5 3.45 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Belsky Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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How the world's leading innovators push their ideas to fruition, time and time again. Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world's problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare. According to Scott Belsky, the capacity to make ideas happen can be strengthened by anyone willing to build their organizational habits and harness the forces of community. That's why he founded Behance, a company that helps creative people and teams across industries develop these skills. Belsky has spent six years studying the habits of especially productive creative people and teams - the ones who make their ideas happen time and time again.

After interviewing hundreds of successful creatives, he has compiled their most powerful-and often counterintuitive-practices, such as:

  • Generate ideas in moderation and act without conviction
  • Reduce all projects to just three primary components
  • Encourage fighting within your team
  • Seek competition and share ideas liberally

In an increasingly flexible and entrepreneurial environment, creative minds have the opportunity (and responsibility) to solve and change industries - but they can only do that if they overcome the obstacles. While many of us obsess about discovering great new ideas, Belsky shows why it's better to develop the capacity to make ideas happen-a capacity that endures over time.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chantel | 3/21/2011

    " Honestly, I didn't finish it. Maybe my ideas just won't happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 3/12/2011

    " Solid review of working in creative teams with some real gems embedded. A good companion to their site at Behance.com, which is the real gem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/18/2011

    " If you are a creative type but have a hard time finding the time to actualize projects this is a good book. Also good if you are a creative type who finds it hard to get organized. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maura | 1/29/2011

    " Not as useful for project management as Getting Things Done. Some useful ideas: CREATIVITY x ORGANIZATION = IMPACT; reduce your "insecurity work" (things you do to show you're working that don't contribute to final goal); be comfortable with ambiguity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 1/11/2011

    " biggest takeaway was the beginning section which motivated me to articulate my to-do's in actionable language. probably a great read for project managers and higher ups. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/10/2011

    " This is excellent for creative professionals who want to turn their ideas into reality. This book focuses on leadership, collaboration, and getting organized and has helped me immensely in my creative life! I would highly recommend this!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Topherjaynes | 1/5/2011

    " I've been on a business self-help kick lately, and this by far is the most practical and inspiring books out of the mix. It boils down to the pushing through to get your great ideas done--everyone has great ideas, but few deliver on them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 1/3/2011

    " I got some great nuggets out of this book. Slight variation on organizational books, specifically targeted at creative types who often don't think they can (or should) be organized. Worth buzzing through if you're looking be a better project manager. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Igor | 1/2/2011

    " Tried to adopt GTD for creative persons, but made it too formal for them "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Volkan | 12/31/2010

    " Very targeted formulation of GTD methodology for creative people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 12/28/2010

    " some interesting take aways but a good deal of fluff. Worth skimming and pulling out some useful points to try out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 12/26/2010

    " The "Action Method" that Belsky shows you how to employ is awesome! "

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About the Narrator

Don Hagen has been behind the microphone since fifth grade. He is a nine-time winner of the Peer Award for narration/voice-over and twice winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award. He has also been heard in radio and television commercials and documentaries. In addition to his freelance voice work, he is a member of the audiobook narration team at the Library of Congress.