Truly making your ideas happen requires equal parts creation and elimination. In order to execute on the ideas that you are most passionate about, you must also be bold enough to kill off the new ideas that will inevitably crop up, singing like sirens to lure you away from your true destination.
It’s time to toss away dreamy notions of creativity, and wake up to the necessity of execution. As the artist Chuck Close says, “Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work.”
In an effort to keep your creative powers primed in 2010, we’ve got a lot planned here at 99U and Behance as a whole. Here’s a sneak peek at the year ahead:
1. Making Ideas Happen – The Book
After much hard work and none too few all-nighters, founder Scott Belsky has distilled 6+ years of research into the habits and working styles of exceptionally productive creatives into Behance’s very first book,
The book delivers pragmatic tips for making your ideas a reality as well as insightful and illustrative interviews with companies like Google, IDEO, and Disney, and individuals such as The Long Tail author Chris Anderson, Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsieh, and Freelancerʼs Union founder Sara Horowitz. As a one-stop (and portable) solution for feeding your 99U, you can’t do better. Pre-order it here.
2. New Product Developments from Behance
Behance’s mission to organize the creative world will further materialize in 2010. We’re eagerly anticipating the launch of the next generation of Behance.net, the leading online platform for creative professionals to showcase their work and get found. The Action Method Online and the coveted Action Method paper product line will also be enhanced in the coming year.
And that’s just the beginning of the exciting items we have in the pipeline to help organize and empower the creative world
3. The 99U Conference – April 15-16, 2010
After a warm reception for our annual kick-in-the-pants conference last year, the 99U Conference will return again this spring. We’re assembling a crack lineup of visionary creatives to speak on Day One, as well as a more hands-on Day Two experience, featuring loads of workshops and more opportunities to network with fellow conference attendees. (And yes, another killer conference afterparty.)
Thanks to some very supportive early birds, the conference is already 50% sold out, so we suggest taking action soon. If you’re waiting on details, we’ll be making a major speaker announcement later this month. Sign up for our newsletter (in the right sidebar) to get updates.
4. More Great Insights into the 99U
Just a snapshot of our upcoming editorial here on 99U includes interviews and articles featuring Alexandra Wilson of Gilt Groupe, bestselling author Seth Godin, and Creative Capital president Ruby Lerner. We’ve also got tips forthcoming on fighting apathy in creative teams, the pitfalls of perfectionism, the benefits of public speaking, the impact of the internet on our well-being, and ways to keep your email etiquette on point.
You have an amazing year ahead of you – one that is full of opportunity. We’re thrilled to accompany you in your creative pursuits. Through Behance and 99U, we will do our best to provide the insights, accountability, and tools you need to make ideas happen in 2010.
Let’s stop hitting the snooze button on our ideas. As the French polymath Paul Valery once said, “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”