The Thinking Series – Part 6

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In the last post, I shared about 2 related nuggets for thinking our ways to the top – Verbalizing & Tabling our thoughts. They both involve talking about your thoughts & sharing it with others. Despite the fear of people stealing your ideas, it’s always great to put words to your thoughts & share it with people that can make it better.

I recall a friend that reached out to me after my NATO post & decided to take action about some of his ideas & wanted me to have a go at the idea & to be a part of it. We had a coaching & mentoring session for about 2 weeks & I added my own spin to the idea & even gave some of my ideas to him. He was surprised at how freely I gave him an idea I had been working on for about 3-4 years.

I told him he is more positioned at that stage to take the idea forward & that I’m confident I will get a better one. I charged him to ensure he takes action on the idea & provide me with regular updates. I felt seriously fulfilled doing that.

Today, I would like to share another nugget- Practice the thought!!

Ideas have a short shelf life, 99% of great ideas never become a reality, they just stay in the mind. You must act on those ideas before the expiration date. Eddie Rickenbacker a World War I flying ace remarked, “I can give you six-word formula for success: Think things through – then follow through”. I’ve had to learn this the hard way when I applied for the inaugural Mandela Washington Fellowship as part of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) organized by the US govt.

I got through the initial application & selection process with a  great idea I had for human capital development ( same idea I shared with my friend), I was part of the top 5% selected from Nigeria with the aim of finally choosing just 50 of us.

In the semi-final interview I faced a panel of three, shared my idea with great excitement in the room & I felt things were going great. Then one of them asked me to share the things I’ve learnt in practicing or rolling out the idea. Right from that point, things went pear-shaped, I tried to explained that I work full time & that it’s been difficult.

To cut it short, I didn’t make the finals & lost that great opportunity. As a parting shot, the panelist told me that it would have been great if I tried & failed than not try at all. Entrepreneurship program like BBC’s Dragon’s Den also highlight this. The investors are not just interested in ideas, but ideas that has been tried out at the very least.

The point is don’t just leave the idea on the pages of a book or in a file on your computer, you need to put it to a test & I’m getting a bit ahead of myself here but you must Launch the thought!!!

Starting this blog is a good example of launching my thoughts & ideas, I flirted with the thought for more than a year but while I was verbalizing & sharing my thoughts with someone in December last year, she just said “you have so much nuggets to share why not start a blog”. The rest is history!!!!

Are there great ideas you have that is yet to see the light of the day? I challenge you to practice & launch those thoughts NOW!!.

This is my snippet, I AM SHALOMESQ!!!

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