The key to getting your ideas done (i.e going from good to great) has very little to do with talent or intellect, and more to do with resolve! It's having an almost stoic determination to do whatever needs to be done in spite of how you feel in the moment.
Isaiah Berlin, a Russo-British Jewish social and political theorist wrote a popular essay called “The Hedgehog and the Fox,” which identified the reason why the greatest leaders were not the most talented but the ones with the greatest resolve. He discovered that great leaders desired not just to "be good," they were determined to "be good for something" significant!
His insight became known as the Hedgehog Concept!
In his essay, Berlin divided the world into two groups, based on an ancient Greek proverb, which pitted the two natural enemies against each other.
Foxes pursue many ends at the same time and see the world in all its complexity; they are scattered or diffused, moving on many levels, never integrating their thinking into one overall concept or unifying vision.
Hedgehogs, on the other hand, simplify a complex world into a single idea or principle that unifies and guides everything. Regardless of the world’s complexity, the hedgehog reduces all challenges and dilemmas to simple ideas
Key Point: anything that does not somehow relate to the hedgehog idea holds no relevance.
When foxes and hedgehogs are pitted against one another, the hedgehog always wins. Why?
The hedgehog keeps his focus and objectives simple and clear. He sets up simple rules to follow that relate directly to the objective at hand and ignores everything else until that objective is complete.
Well Byron, isn't the hedgehog going to miss out on something else that might be even cooler?
I understand your question, and you must understand that your question comes from a mental illness all us "creatives" and "idea types" have called FOMO.
FOMO stands for Fear Of Missing Out!
The reason why the hedgehog always wins is because she sets herself up to win by doing only what is relevant to what she has already determined will be her priority in that season or time period of her life. She does not let herself get sidetracked or distracted by anything that does not meaningfully relate to what she has already established as IMPORTANT!
Opportunity Cost Are Unavoidable!
You mean, if I decide to commit to getting something done might I miss out on something else? Yes, that's what I am telling little fox! Economist have a phrase for this reality. It's called
Simply stated, when ever you choose to buy something (or in this case make something happen) you, by default are choosing NOT TO BUY (not to do) something else of equal or lesser value.
I'm not going to lie to you. As a "creative" I love new and shiny things. I get excited about a new idea every 45 minutes. My brain rattles off slogans, catchy headlines, new product ideas like a fire hose. I feel your pain.
BUT... in spite of that natural bend towards "the new" you and I are still responsible for following through and finishing well if the ultimate goal is to accomplish anything that truly matters.
As Henry David Thoreau says, let's aim not to just be good but, "...be good for something!"
Decide to be the Hedgehog
and not the Fox!
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