For the last many years, I’ve had an idea for a project. At work, in meetings and casual conversations, if an opening came up for me to tout my vision, I’d take it. Launch the pitch, follow up with an email.
“I’ve said it before, but we really should …”
Sometimes, I wondered whether people were thinking not about my grand idea but rather, “How can I get away from this man?” Mostly, they encouraged me — even though at the end of our talk it would be clear that other priorities held sway, and my pet idea had to go back to the shelf.
And so it did. Until about two weeks ago.
That’s when a spark out of nowhere set fire to the pile of kindling I’d been setting up all that time. Suddenly I found myself giving my pitch and hearing, “Let’s do this.”
And so for the last two weeks I’ve found myself in a room with the very people I’ve been bugging — some of the smartest, most creative people in my company — each one focused on turning this idea into something you’ll be able to see.
And the best part is that the end product is going to be way better than I ever imagined. Because now it won’t be my idea, but OUR idea.
A pile of kindling. A random spark.
Never give up.