Idea Friction

One of the big reasons I’m driven to learn so many skills (besides just being curious about many things) is to remove as many barriers to creativity as I can.

Think of it like the engine of a sports car versus a minivan. A minivan might take dozens of seconds to reach 6o mph, whereas a high-performant sports car can go 0 to 60 in 1.9 seconds.

Humans are naturally innovative. We all have ideas all the time.

Usually, we’re hanging out with friends and someone will say “Dude. What if beer cans had handles? Like a beer koozie but with a handle like a mug?” — or something like that.

We have ideas, but we rarely act on them. Typically, that’s because we don’t have the skill to make them (or we don’t want to put in the time and other resources to acquire those skills.)

But when you have a skill (for example, you have mad Adobe Illustrator and After Effects skills) the barrier from going from idea to reality is less.

Its not just about being a great designer or whatever you want to be great at. It’s also about being able to recognize great ideas from bad ones (or mediocre ones).

Imagine a world where you had all the skills and knowledge to create (in the ways you enjoy creating) at your disposal. You would be ready to create —0 to 60— in a moment’s notice. Combine that with great entrepreneurial instincts and you’ll be unstoppable.

This is very doable. But in order to become creatively effective, we need to start where we are.

We just have to start learning the skills and tools now and hone them every day. We might be terrible at it in the beginning, but that doesn’t matter. Lower the steaks. Keep improving.

Even just thirty minutes of writing, designing, or editing can add up tremendously over time.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1640

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