A Case For Making Things

Go Make Things | Coming Om

Stop for a second. Close your eyes and picture a world where you have every bit of information that you need to achieve or receive anything you want.

Now open your eyes.

Chances are, if you’re someone who is even mildly interested in the stuff that appears on Coming Om, this world already exists for you.

With a new year on the horizon, many of us are reflecting on the year that we’ve just had: what we accomplished, what we didn’t get around to completing, and what kept us from completing — or even starting — some of the projects that are important to us. It is this last area of reflection that has led me into a somewhat new way of thinking.

When it comes to the process of creating, of giving birth to an idea, the journey for every person is different. Some prefer to take the “neater” route, starting with a research phase and working their way systematically through concepting, testing, and so on, eventually getting to launch. A different group of people will come into the process with the end already in mind. They have a very clear idea of what they want to create and are committed to making that thing, putting it out into the world, receiving feedback, and then refining as they see fit. These are just two of the many ways to do it.

Like many, I’ve always been in the first group. Yet what I’ve come to see is that this “neat” creative process can, in fact, be a crutch and an obstacle to actually creating. What starts as a need to be thorough in the gathering of information often turns into a need to gather as much evidence as possible to prove that we are worthy of creating something.

The thing that’s kept you, and me, from starting and finishing certain projects is our refusal to get out of the research phase and to own that we are, in fact, worthy of continuing.

What happens when we accept that we have everything we need? We start doing. Click To Tweet

But when is it enough? When can we say that we’ve read enough books, listened to enough podcasts, and watched enough TED talks? What happens when we accept that we have everything we need?

This is what happens — we start doing. And doing. And doing some more.

What we really need isn’t more information. What we need is what we already have: a vision and the tools to execute. So let’s go make something already.

 

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