Making Ideas Happen

  • by Scott Belsky
  • Narrated by Don Hagen
  • 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How the world's leading innovators push their ideas to fruition, time and time again. Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world's problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare. According to Scott Belsky, the capacity to make ideas happen can be strengthened by anyone willing to build their organizational habits and harness the forces of community. That's why he founded Behance, a company that helps creative people and teams across industries develop these skills. Belsky has spent six years studying the habits of especially productive creative people and teams—the ones who make their ideas happen time and time again.
After interviewing hundreds of successful creatives, he has compiled their most powerful-and often counterintuitive-practices, such as:

Generate ideas in moderation and act without conviction
Reduce all projects to just three primary components
Encourage fighting within your team
Seek competition and share ideas liberally
In an increasingly flexible and entrepreneurial environment, creative minds have the opportunity (and responsibility) to solve and change industries—but they can only do that if they overcome the obstacles. While many of us obsess about discovering great new ideas, Belsky shows why it's better to develop the capacity to make ideas happen-a capacity that endures over time.


What the Critics Say

"If you care about your art, your job or your market, you really have no choice. This is strategy and tactics, concepts and how-to, all in one on a topic that's often overlooked." (Seth Godin, author of Linchpin)
"Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. This audio book helps you with the hard part." (Guy Kawasaki, co-founder of Alltop and former chief evangelist of Apple)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Terrible Narrator

What would have made Making Ideas Happen better?

This audio book needed a much more energetic narrator

What was most disappointing about Scott Belsky’s story?

I have no idea if the story is any good, I stopped it after 5 minutes.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Don Hagen?

I'm unfortunately not familiar with many of the narrators available.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Making Ideas Happen?


Any additional comments?

If you want to fall asleep, then this is the book for you. Definitely not suitable for one's commute.

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- Charl

Absolutely awful

I actually can't write a review of the actual contents of this book because the computer reading it was so f***ing annoying that I just couldn't take it. I listen for at least 2 hours and got nothing out of it because the inflections, emphasis and lilt of the voice is just wrong enough that I found myself trying to interpret what it was trying to say and once you start concentrating on the details like this, the message is lost. It droned in my ear in a tone akin to fingernails on a black board and I found myself repeating a new manta ... 'you gotta be kidding me! you gotta be kidding me!'

All kidding aside, this reading is bad, really bad. So much so that I honestly believe it verges on fraudulent. There should be a warning somewhere stating "THIS BOOK IS NOT READ BY A HUMAN". This was the first, and last book I'll buy from Audible until I see warnings like that because I don't want to take a chance and waste my money on another book as horrible as this one.
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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2010
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC