Everyone is an innovator!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 30, 2019
Reading this book made some good revelations to me and how to approach working on my projects. Currently, I am working on an app that I truly believe has the potential to be bigger than Snapchat, Instagram, and so on! However, sometimes I get dragged down by distractions of my daily life, work, and school. These distractions should not stop me from my creative aspect, and David explains ways we can actually stop letting certain "egos" get the best of us! (Egos are, what David calls, the voice in our head that hinders us from creating our greatest ideas into life!)
Here are some helpful tips I picked up from David's book:
- Do NOT let your inner voice, you know, the bad guy on your left shoulder, hinder you from making your biggest ideas come to life. This voice will tell you things like "Well, I do have a workload of classes this semester, I might not even have time to accomplish this project!" This bad inner voice, whom I will call the "little devil", distracts us from letting out the most creativity in life! Have you ever wanted to make a cool app, book, website, or any other product? Do you get somewhat started then remind yourself, little devil, that you have "other" obligations, so you just procrastinate your invention, product, etc? Well if you do, stop listening to those lies. Let your light shine in this world and make the products you have been dreaming about making since you were little!
- Whenever you are working on a project, never sit around and think too much of barriers that might hinder your idea in the long run. For example, you might be working on a book, but you start thinking "Well, i do not even know how to publish a book!". If you do not know how to publish a book, no worries you will get there! Just work on your project little by little, worrying about what you need to finish on a daily-basis, rather than contemplating what barriers lie ahead months down the road! Live in the present, not the future!
- The worst part about doing a project, of any sort, is STARTING. Once you start the project, you will slowly begin to build momentum and actually spend so much time on the project that it will actually be hard to get off the project to rest up! Get through the hard stuff by stop procrastinating and START your project! Do not over stress yourself, span the project day by day so you can be working on it in peace!
- As you progress through your project, you will begin to generate new ideas for it. Do not, I REPREAT, DO NOT try to conclude what your "final" draft of your project will look like at the beginning of your work, because the final draft will surely change!
- Perfectionism is unhealthy, please stop trying to avoid mistakes in your life! They will inevitably come, so let them come and learn from them! The more you try to make everything perfect, the more time you will consume going back and forth trying to avoid inevitable mistakes. A project that should only take you two months can end up taking you six months if you keep nitpacking at everything. Calm down and just go with the flow!
In conclusion, David's book cuts straight to the point and shows how the lives of himself and others go through the same "rut" in the creative process, you just have to learn to get started and get going! (PS: I have always wanted to write amazon reviews on products I order but always worried that it would not be "perfect", but here I am after reading David's book writing my second product review on Amazon. I am getting STARTED!)
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