I used to have a “problem.”
Like you, I always seem to have an overflow of ideas.
But if I’d try to work on more than one project at a time, all of the projects would suffer, and none of them would come to fruition.
You already know I preach focus. Especially if you’re just getting started in business or blogging or some other creative endeavor. Pick one thing and work on it until it’s successful or not.
But once you’ve reached a certain level of success (I don’t know what that is exactly, you’ll feel it) more opportunities begin opening up.
Some of them just aren’t right.
But some of them are absolutely kick ass.
The old me would put the kick ass ideas aside. “Ehh, I can’t work on that, I don’t have time.” Or “Ehh, I can’t work on that, I don’t want to lose focus.”
But lately I’ve completely changed my tune.
And here’s why: partners.
Partners! It’s so simple.
Find someone you get along with. Find someone who rocks. And co-create the idea. Not only does this take up less of your own mindspace, but I think it can result in a more kick ass product.
An example of all the projects I’ve been working on recently …
Just a couple of weeks ago I did the Minimalist Book Sale (aka Luxury of Less Launch). This involved 13 other kick ass people.
On November 15 is Mind Control Method. I hope I’m right in thinking that Mind Control Method will change your life. I absolutely loved creating How To Live Anywhere and writing Luxury of Less, but Mind Control Method is something unique. It’s the anti-Law of Attraction (which is a BS “law”) and it has worked for me since I was 8 years old. That’s 21 years! I’m having a ball writing/creating/mapping/brainstorming Mind Control Method. If you’ve sent in questions or suggestions I really appreciate that.
And that’s all well and good. But I’m also working on 3 other projects concurrently. One of them will see the light of day in 2010 (another 72 hour sale involving another bunch of kick ass people) but the rest are scheduled for 2011. I’m fully in the present, but that doesn’t mean the future isn’t going to happen. :)
The only reason these 3 other projects have any possibility of seeing the light of day is because I’m working on them with 3 different people. 3 other rockstars, I should say.
I love doing what I do and, as long as I have bad ass people helping out, I can take on more projects. Sometimes these partnerships just come together, but in case you could use some help …
5 Tips For Finding and Working With A Kick Ass Project Partner
Maybe finding a project partner isn’t for you. That’s cool. But if you’ve ever thought about it, this should help.
1) Don’t force anything.
If you force a project, if both of you aren’t fully into it, then don’t continue. It’s not going to work out. It won’t be easy quitting or changing directions on a project that you’ve already begun, but sometimes that’s the best option.
2) Be clear about who does what.
There will probably be overlap, but be clear on who’s creating what and how the project is being worked on. Again, there will probably be overlap where both of you work on the same things, but in general you should work on your strengths and your partner should work on theirs.
3) Be clear about your goals.
If both of you have different goals for the project it could result in lots of bad blood. Before getting started be sure you are both on the same page with what the project will and won’t be.
4) Set accountability deadlines.
When I’m working solo I don’t really deal with concrete deadlines. When working with a partner it helps for each of you to have deadlines so the project is consistently being pushed forward. A specific launch date helps to get both asses in gear. If there is no launch date then have “module launch dates.” That is, dates when certain parts of the project need to be completed.
5) Keep it light, keep it fun.
In my late teens I ran a company with 2 of my friends. I swore off ever working with partners again. I realize now that the problem wasn’t the partnership, but the fact that we didn’t have clear ideas, clear goals, accountability deadlines, and we forced it. The partnership was doomed from the start. The projects I’m currently working on all flow because they’re with people who rock *and* we keep it light. It’s not a formal, stuffy business environment. (It really can’t be since I haven’t even met 2 of them in person!)