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The Fevered Pitch

When you have an idea that you want to succeed, and you like the idea, you’re halfway. If you need other people for that to happen, you’re gonna have to convince every single one of them. Only then when they believe it is as good as you think it is, you can make it happen. Odds are, you’re enthusiastic about your idea. The enthusiasm that comes with setting up something, or doing something exceptional, or starting your very own start-up, that’s what I’m talking about. Expressing that “fever” is what can pull the others to your side.

Friends. The good thing about friends is that you can probably get along with them quite well. That’s a good thing. If your friends trust you (as they probably do or should, they’re your friends; starting to see a pattern here?), they’ll trust you for having a good idea. Their trust is what will make your endeavour successful. Considering that they’re your friends, you should also be able to work with them quite well. Even if you’re not able to work with that one person on one and the same thing, you’ll be able to work on something else: you can stand each other, which is often a requirement for friendships to happen anyhow. If you stand each other, you’ll be able to do good things if the idea’s right. But enough about this thing called doubt! Your friends will help you if the idea is good. It’s that simple. Who would let a chance of success slip?

Friends aren’t always that shallow, but they’re likely to participate. Let’s make that a given. Now, unless you make them as enthusiastic as you are about this idea, the initiative has to come from you, all of it. You need to be driven, because they won’t be, and without a drive, you’re not getting anywhere. This is why many ideas don’t take off: people can’t find the resources (time and money are infamous) to help you and there are more often than not various social constraints. To push the same amount of energy into your ideas as you do isn’t easy for them. This is excusable, I should add. I shall repeat this for emphasis, because it’s important: your energy will be the defining energy behind it all.

One very concrete tip to express your enthusiasm: make sure they can see you’re so gosh-golly darned excited about it, but keep reason within reach. You don’t want to come across as childish, but that doesn’t mean adults are boring either. This is a fine line one easily crosses, but the gist is to pay attention to how high you’re jumping of excitement. Too high is simply too high.

When you have a good idea, having believers on board is unbelievably important. The amount of enthusiasm on your side will define the amount of willingness and belief on theirs. Nobody is convinced into making an effort if you come across like you’d rather be somewhere else reading a boring book; why bother, indeed. Convincingness isn’t as simply achieved as I present it, but if you are your idea and you are your enthusiasm, many steps are already taken.

One comment

  1. Interesting, and I agree with you that excitement can people on board. However, there’s still a large part of me that wants to say that success is individual, though it’s very true that as people we’re interdependant.

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