Making Ideas Happen

Making Ideas Happen: Dreamers, Doers, and Incrementalists

In Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky, he identifies 3 types of "creatives": Dreamers, Doers, and Incrementalists.

  • Dreamers generate tons of ideas but have a difficult time taking action.
  • Doers are great at taking action, but aren't always full of ideas.
  • Incrementalists can switch between Dreaming and Doing, but often they have so many irons in the fire, that they don't take any single idea to full potential.
  • Belsky suggests that partnering with someone of a different "creative type" can actually help move ideas forward into reality.

    • Dreamer + Doer
    • Dreamer + Incrementalist
    • Doer + Incrementalist

    All are effective combinations. In fact, it's even suggested that you partner with multiple people of differing types to achieve a more comprehensive set of results.

    I'm largely a Dreamer in my personal life. I have a smattering of the other two, but Dreaming is probably the more dominant.

    Which one are you? Have you successfully partnered with someone of a different type with a successful outcome? Have you ever found that pairing with someone having similar tendencies left gaps in other areas?

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