Creative types have a problem. We have so many great ideas, but most of them never see the light of day.Why do most ideas never happen? The reason is that our own creative habits get in the way. For example, our tendency to generate new ideas often gets in the way of executing the ones we have. As a result, we abandon many projects halfway through. Whether a personal website, a new business idea or a long-dreamt novel, most of these projects stagnate and become a source of frustration.
Some creative people and teams are able to defy the odds and make their ideas happen, time and again. In my work, I have spent the better part of five years meeting these exceptional people and chronicling their habits and insight, which has resulted in the following tips and suggestions for making ideas happen.
About a month ago, I was contacted by a friend of mine, Miles Hanon, about assisting him on a documentary shoot in Russia. I was excited about the opportunity. And so, I spent last week in Vladivostok, Russia.
It was a great trip and I got a chance to meet and work with some amazing people, one of which was our documentary subject, Dima. Dima is one of those people that you meet and you feel like you’ve known them for years. He’s an amazing guy, doing amazing things in that part of the world.
Shooting wasn’t easy. We dubbed Russia, “The World of Nyet!” because everything we tried to do, we were told “No!” or “Nyet!” It made simple stuff difficult and we ran our guide/translator (Dima #2, as we called him) through the ringer, asking for thing after thing. For example, trains play a major role in the film, well it turns out that it’s somewhat illegal to film trains in Russia. Luckily, I took my 7D as a B-camera which helped with inconspicuous shooting.
Overall, it was a great shoot and I had a great time working with Miles and OneHope, the ministry that doc was for. And I’ll never forget the friends I met there.