What is your IAR (Ideas to Actions Ratio)?
I’ve done it. You’ve done it. We’ve all done.
We come up with (what has the potential to be) a great idea and then we pat ourselves on the back because we think we’ve done something amazing. As if one idea in the massive and endless universe of all ideas is somehow instantly special. Really? Think about it, what are the odds? It can’t be that simple, can it? Actually, it’s not.
Over the last couple weeks I have apparently been serendipitously blessed with the inspiration and content for this article. Two fortune cookies and a tweet from Mark Cuban. Yeah, I feel the same way, who knew?
“There are no shortcuts to a place worth going.”
“Sloth makes all things difficult, industry all easy.”
Mark Cuban: “Ideas are easy I’ve never met a single person who didn’t think they had a world class idea. The hard part is making it a business.”
The bottom line…ideas are overrated. Without actions, without follow up, without persistence, without growth, without the glimmer of a plan, ideas are about as valuables as dandelion seeds aimlessly floating in the wind. Or, as it’s rightfully said, “A penny for your thoughts.”
You’ve got a great idea? Super, you and a gazillion other people. The real question is, what are you ready, willing and able to do about it? What is your Ideas to Actions Ratio?