Book Review: Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
Apr 2010 19

So I recently I was invited to review an advanced copy of Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Behance Network’s founder and CEO Scott Belsky.

I couldn’t tell you if this is his first or second book but I guess it’s not relevant but the facts are that he wrote it and published it. I mean, from a single idea, he made it happen and it precisely what this book aims for you to achieve.

Prior to this Belsky watched and reserched the working processes and practices of many of todays most sucessful businesses from the inside and getting close to many of those responisible for making ideas come to life. In the book he shares the results of this research and he presents a broken-down process to help all creative’s people realise the best practices of the ‘uber-productive’ (ala Ji Lee, John Maeda, Chris Anderson and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh) and he does so with outstanding simplicity and clarity.

Don’t misunderstand me, this is no self-help book and neither does it fit in that slightly odd business and strategy category at your local book store. This is reads more like a no nonsense guidebook to getting the best out of yourself as a ‘creative’.

One of the things that really stood out for me in this book is that there is no psycho-babel or new-age talk so it doesn’t fill you with any extra bullshit to worry about. In-fact this book is seemless. In its core, the book is designed to help you (creative person) take action towards making that millionaire vision you have become a reality with organization, community and leadership skills and unfortunately 99% hard un-enjoyable hard-grafting. There is really nothing else in there!!

What I love about this book is that every chapter is a concise size on purpose. In one of his earlier chapters Scott talks about keeping meetings concise and to the point. Clearly his writing style has inherited as every word that is written is done so without any wastage. I could easily have read this book in 3 days or less.

This might be one of the smaller book reviews you may have read but I wanted to keep this to the point. I mean, the main reason you want to buy this book is because you’re looking for all the answers to bring your idea(s) to the physical realm, I can’t promise it has all the answers, but it’s given me enough to get take action in many ways I never thought before and also reaffirmed some of the gifts that I  have naturally, how & where to focus them, and where to delegate and when to ask for a mastermind if required (I could go on)…

All I’m leaving you with is that this could be the singular most important book I will ever read as its broken down my process to elements that I am developing and harnessing. And I can imagine turning back to a number of pages like a reference guide or instruction manual to bringing my visions to reality.

Thank you Scott!! and thanks also to Portfolio who tipped us with this one.

You buy it here now!

Wow! 4 Comments!!! What are your thoughts?

  1. Aria says:

    Great post + so nice of you to take the time to give us the summary. going to get my copy right about…now. just fyi…I think you meant: “really stood out for me in this book is that there is *NO* psycho-babel or new-age talk so it doesn’t fill you with any extra bullshit to worry about. In-fact this book is seemless.” Ha! May want to add the “no” back in.

  2. neilzii says:

    She was right, missed the no out there – did anyone else notice haha!

    Cheers for the heads up Aria and thanks for your comments! You’ll enjoy the book no doubt!

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  4. SG NTP says:

    It looks good. Nice review I’m off to Amazon now :-D

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