Can Decision Making Make You Happier?

I have found than when I immerse myself in decision making, I experience an emotional boost the next day.  So, why is this happening? I believe that making a decision  can be described in a couple words. One of them is progress. Every time we make some kind of choice, we progress for the good or the bad. There’s movement! Action! Things get unstuck and start rolling… you know the drill. This might sound all too redundant — and it might be, but I had to put it down in writing because for me, the benefits of decision making are simply noticeable.

When I have too many things on my mind, it is usually related to those things I have not acted on. Yeah, we all use to-do lists, agendas, project management, notes, reminders…, you name it, but I am certain that if you pressured yourself to act on your “to-dos” with real decision, you will eventually feel much better. It works for me! Just try it.

Strengthen Your Decision Making Skills Every day

  • Start Something
  • Stop Something
  • Say Yes
  • Say No
  • Remove Something
  • Change Path on Something…

Make a decision on something every single day.  Moving forward CAN make you happier.

 

Starting a Start Up – Nobody is Stopping You

We all have a creative spark — the desire to be better, and to have something unique.  We think we can accomplish the impossible (dream?). Interestingly enough,  we tend to  believe those who have acquired wealth have some kind of special talents, magical thoughts, or just good luck. I think that way myself from time to time. Maybe you do too.

I personally prefer positive remarks over negative(fear); it’s just my taste. It took some effort for me to see past his method.

Qualities of a Successful Entrepreneur 3.0

Minimum requirements:

  1. loves Challenge
  2. likes Risk
  3. In constant search of the Unknown
  4. enjoys Helping Others
  5. willing to make Sacrifice
  6. sees a vision but able to act in Gradients
  7. shares his Knowledge
  8. listens to others but ultimately follows his Gut
  9. likes People
  10. not afraid to express Emotions
  11. accepts criticism 

It is beneficial to listen to other people who have created success, read books about it, and ask for opinions, but in the end we all have to follow our gut — our passion, and we must keep building on it.

As cheesy as it may sound, we can all be a Gates or Jobs. We can create something meaningful. We can turn all the reasons not to to do a start-up into an exploration of our positive qualities. Why not give it a try? You can do it! I don’t see anybody stopping you from starting a start-up, but you!

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Find Your Fuel and Burn It Wisely

Find your Fuel

Find the fuel that works for you

One thing I’ve found hard in life has been finding that single thing which powered me in my all of my pursuits. I am referring to that passion — that love for what we do, and the reason behind it all.  To understand it, you must find your fuel.

After years of operating technology , web development shops, and working for corporations, I have found that it can all be boiled down to “creating stuff other people use”. Over the span of the last 10 years I’ve been unconsciously creating systems, designing, servicing,  and feeling great when others enjoy my work. It is that satisfaction that makes me move forward. There are thousands of ways to make stuff others can benefit from or use. It can be anything. The key is to find what makes you feel good about making others feel good. It may take some time, but you will find your fuel.

Jeff Bezos once said:

I imagined himself as an very old person, then thought about how it will feel if I didn’t execute his dream (his idea), would I regret it when I have years to live…….

So, what is your FUEL?

What makes you feel good?

If you could do one more thing in life, what would it be?

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Francis Suarez
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Bad Ideas Can Be Transformed

Whether we have bad ideas, or very good ideas, we get very attached to them. We guard them as secrets in our heads. Sometimes (maybe most of the time) we fantasize about our ideas more than we actually work at materializing them (e.g prototypes, presentations, making wire-frames, collaborating with others, business, organization, group, etc).

Bad idea

Every day, there are hundreds — even thousands of good and bad ideas being conceived and implemented. Imagine if we could join our brains like clusters of computers and share it’s output. This is what communication does. Communication at its core allows us to our share thoughts, ideas, and points of view. We can gather feedback, work together,  and exchange emotions.

I personally don’t like when somebody tells me “I don’t like it”, or asks,  “What does it do?”, or “What is it for?”. It is much better to hear, “Oh, I get it..”, “I love it!”, “When are you launching?”, or “Wow, people could use something like that!”.

As we build and conceptualize our thoughts, we need to ask questions of more people, gather even more feedback, form lots opinions, bounce ideas more, and simplify them. Think of this as a factory with the high speed factor in place (How to Kill Your Ideas). Don’t ask questions with the line of thought, “Why shouldn’t it work?” . Instead, ask “Why will this work?” questions. You can read more about asking the right questions in the article called “How I brew ideas like Flash“.

Nobody’s opinion that your idea is a bad idea matters. You have to sort through the feedback and draw your own conclusions.

I won’t let negative feedback bring me down. If somebody were to come to  me and tell me that I have bad ideas,  my response will be “How could it be better?”

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Generate Ideas Like Flash

Generate ideas like flashIt is easy to generate ideas. The work comes with separating the good from the bad and then executing a plan. I wrote a post a while ago named “Stop the Idea Frenzy“, in which I explained how I managed to stop the impulse to gather ideas, and execute them instead. Some have asked what I do to come up with ideas so fast.

Let’s see… We talk to lots different people everyday.  This usually starts with the closest ones to us. This could include family, neighbors, friends, work colleagues, gas station clerk, your coffee server, etc).

Now, consider how you would like to improve on something that affects your own and others’ lives, then think about how you’ll do it if everything you think is needed is already available. For  example, money, time, market, supporters… . Once you generate ideas, then you have 50 million people fill out a survey to answer any doubts on your solutions. Well, here’s the trick: You cannot do  that type of survey for every single thing you believe could be better.

How I Generate Ideas

I ask my closest circle questions in this context:

  • Imagine if we had a ______ , wouldn’t that be nice?
  • If you had something to do ____, how would you do it?
  • What do you think would work to make this useful?

To generate ideas that are useful, you must learn to ask the right questions to reinforce (not validate) your feelings, listen with your built-in mega recorder (your brain), play back your day as much as possible, and carefully mix your thoughts to find a common thread.  When you practice this type of brainstorming,  you will strengthen your skills and learn how to generate ideas like Flash.

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Is it possible to steal ideas?

I stole your idea on the internet

After a two hour discussion on the subject of ideas and innovation, my mother in law introduced a question she believed I could answer. The question was as follows: “Is it true that the Facebook guy stole somebody’s idea, as the movie portrays?”

It was a very good question. I knew I could only answer by defining the idea of an idea.  I’ve seen the movie (good one by the way), but I really don’t know the whole story behind the start of the idea , and I have never been interested in the conception of Facebook.  In fact, “The Social Network”  does not influence my thinking, but it has reinforced my feelings towards idea execution and business.

I do not believe it is possible to steal ideas.

Mark Zuckerburg, Facebook founder

Did Mark Zuckerburg steal ideas?

My answer was as follows:

“No, he didn’t stole somebody’s idea. Nobody “owns” an idea. You can’t patent an idea. You patent the process. A working concept is a process being built, not an idea.”

I have come to understand that we tend to ask questions which consciously and unconsciously align in one way or another to our thoughts and needs for information. We complete our own theories with questions and we answer these with communication, reading and vision. This natural process helps us form opinions which in turn helps form ideas, concepts (sets of ideas which interact), and vision.

The world is not inundated with “idea thieves”, it is not possible to steal ideas.

 

There are many examples we could use around this topic. My belief is that this one in particular (Facebook), became popular because of its tremendous success as a social networking platform.

An idea is a thought about how something should work. It is an answer to a question that has been generated by the mind. An idea is  not a fully proven step-by-step guide you can follow through with ease of completion. People have to build their ideas into concepts and then follow through by making and executing a plan. People do not steal ideas. However, people have been known to steal a plan.

The unanswered question is the one unasked.” – Unknown

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How to Use Feedback

We tend to depend on feedback to decide whether an idea is valid or whether it should be tossed aside.  Over time, I have learned that negative feedback is considered to be criticism. There is even a special name for it. It is called “constructive criticism”, but what does that actually mean? Criticism is not constructive unless you know how to use feedback to build on your success.

Gathering both positive and negative feedback is indeed an important part of forming ideas, both in business and in every day life. It should not be confused with validation.

Negative feedback should be used, not argued.I’ve trained myself to abstain from replying to the feedback of others. It doesn’t matter whether I hear it, or read it.  I collect this information in order to use feedback. I analyze it, and put the results into action.

How to Use Feedback Constructively

Ask yourself:

  • Why did I ask for feedback (not sure, different views, spot checking, opinions)?
  • What can I accomplish with it?

Remember: Feedback is not only about validation.

 

When compiling feedback, go through the answers you receive and ask yourself:

Should I respond to it with anything with another question (another feedback request),  or simply thank the responder for their input?

Whether it is positive or negative, we must stop arguing about it, and learn how to respond to and use feedback.

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The Death of an Idea

The death of an idea is not always a bad thing. You most likely have at least 20 ideas that you strongly believe could succeed if you could only figure out how to implement them. Some of these do become a burden. You may even endlessly ruminate on your own unproven theories without stopping to realize that your theories may not be built on good ideas. If you evaluate objectively, you will start to find ways your idea could fail. Rather than giving in to the endless evaluation, you might consider that it is time to kill it.

The death of an idea - hit the killswitchIf you are not able to invert thoughts towards thinking of ways these could succeed and how you’ll best execute, kill the idea. I mean scratch it; delete it; overwrite it… just get over the death of an idea and move on. I have done this many times.

Your time is precious, so you better use it on ideas that have a chance at life.

Hint: I apply this iteration method to just about any thought. It WORKS.

 

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Form Ideas Without Trying to be Nostradamus

You probably aren't another NostradamusWe all form ideas around how we can make or improve on things.  I probably have 200+ ideas for creating web applications on my list, some of which are new, unproven concepts. The cold truth is that we think too much about consequences when we form ideas. I call these the “What If’s”.

I am not saying that we shouldn’t plan, contemplate, compare, analyze competition, or take time to be sure of what we’re embarking on.

My point is simple: Doubt and uncertainty will always exist to some extent. The key is in training yourself to trust yourself more, follow your gut, and believe that every successful idea ever created started the same way — as a simple thought.

Unfortunately, most of us cannot predict the future, but we can decide where we want to go. In my case, I’ve decided I wanted to dedicate my life to working with computers, programming, technology, entrepreneurship, family life, ideas, helping people…

Don’t try to predict the future….when you form ideas, you can’t be Nostradamus!

 

Think Less of these:

  • What if it doesn’t work?
  • What if people don’t like it?
  • What if I run out of money?
  • What if I’m completely alone?
  • What could happen?
  • What will it take?
  • What if others think I’m crazy?

Do more of this:

  • Gather feedback, good or bad.
  • Figure out how you’ll explain your idea to others in less than 150 characters.
  • Decide what you want to pursue in life (or which ideas to execute).
  • Measure your passion about what you’re doing.
  • Find out what’s holding you up and overcome this (fear,past experiences of failure,innovation,perception or the What If’s)
  • Trust yourself when you form ideas

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Quit Your Day Job – Nuts?

This is not intended for us as a guide which could ultimately lead you to quit your day job and/or abandon your daily responsibilities.

I’ll try to explain my reasoning behind the decision to leave a very cool day job as an Information Technology professional where I really was pulling in enough money. Some would say that making the decision to quit your day job when it offers financial security is completely nuts.Is it nuts to quit your day job to become an entrepreneur?

There are a few things to point out before we dive into story mode…..

  • I’m not a professional blogger (please bear with me).
  • I do like to write and share my experiences (good or bad).
  • I didn’t have tons of money saved or ready to burn (enough to reset, I’ll explain more).
  • I didn’t have anybody suggesting I should quit my day job. (really…).
  • I had previously run a small business for 5-6 straight years (with both good and failures).
  • I like telling you about my story.  I think you’ll get something good out of it.

I have to admit that through the years while operating a small consulting / web design office,  I became addicted to working on stuff I created, conceptualized, planted, built on so much that it’ has become a part of me.

Interestingly enough, I’ve found out that what I appreciated  the most about running the business was not the freedom or the money, it was the relationships I was able to build with people. I’ve come to realize, after being five years out on the entrepreneur wagon, those relationships are what I’ve missed the most ,and of course the building blocks part (custom web, systems, design, etc) which was the door or medium to start those relationships.

You see, I was good at web design and computer consulting, but it was the passion behind it that made the business work and the relationships grow.

I still use my passion. I may be nuts, but still, I  was able to quit my day job.  If you think you might be nuts to quit your day job, consider this: If you have that gut instinct — that passion, you can make a go of your ideas without feeling that you have sacrificed too much.

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Stop the idea frenzy!

On the idea boatA few days ago I found myself with thoughts in my head which where becoming more painful as time went by. I was generating so many ideas that I could not even track them all, let alone write them down before I had forgotten them. It bothered me that I was forgetting some of these almost instantly. Some of those I had forgotten, I had believed were very good (really bad concepts in reality).

Why was I worried about writing down ideas (good or bad)?

I had even perfected idea note writing to multiple scenarios. I kept a piece of paper ready in my pocket, I had my mobile notes @evernote,  and even had photos of random pieces of paper I used to write down anything I liked to do — after all, those ideas might just change the world… . I couldn’t stop!

I started reading books on how to stop this idea frenzy and start creating.

  • Why didn’t I execute any of the ideas I had collected over the years?
  • Was it because of  previous failure?
  • Am I afraid to be successful?
  • Am I afraid of having too much success? Is there such thing?

After long nights without sleep an reading until words were blurring on the page, I learned that 100 ideas later (most of them really bad ones),  I WASN’T STARTING ANYTHING! Every thought I wrote down was pushing the success wagon farther away from me. Each new idea kept me from acting on the ideas I already had.

How did I get out of the idea frenzy?

After reading a handful of good books from “Making Ideas Happen” to those authored by Seth Godin , I noted that they all said the same thing: Just DO it!

Start! Start! Start!

This is what worked for me:

I stopped the idea frenzy. I picked the three that made the most sense, scratched two, and executed one!! It is time to start something — anything! Just move in one direction (forward) and have fun while you do it.

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Jason Freedman’s @JasonFreedman Wrote on this blog “Don’t plug leaks when you got no boat” :: “As an entrepreneur starting from scratch, you’re not maintaining a battle ship; you’re inventing a new type of raft while on the verge of drowning.” http://bit.ly/mLiP9w

I get lot’s of inpiration reading @JasonWomack (The Womack Company) tweets, blog and direct messages. Never get tired of looking at what Jason has to say today. Thank’s Jason!