My New Year’s Resolution: no more ideas.
Ideas are everywhere.
The hot dog vendor on the corner of 49th St. has them. My interns have them. Plumbers, priests and even pets have them.
What separates the people that produce from the people that don’t, is the ability to execute those ideas. The successful people see the light bulb go off above their head, and then stop at nothing until that idea becomes a reality, whether that idea is for a screenplay, a way to retrofit an antique faucet, or a way to get the peanut butter out of the center of a Kong.
Whether or not the execution of the idea is a success or not is besides the point (in fact, I’d argue that true success is seeing something created where there was nothing before, not how well it sells, or how many people see it).
When you think about it, ideas are nothing but intellectual masturbation. Execution is where it’s at.
So that’s my resolution for 2010. No more ideas. Only executions.
And have faith that the more you execute, the more success you’ll have. It’s a law of nature.
Happy New Year, PPers. See you on the other side of the decade.