I’m always at a loss to figure out what generates that spark to get things done and keep getting them done.
Whether it’s artistic, entrepreneurial, development, leadership, whatever it is — it’s a spark that’s needed to fuel the fire to keep burning.
Anyone can generate the spark, but the maintaining of the spark is where 90% of us die (some faster than others).
I was reminded of this, this past week when I was looking over a spec for a software package by a company that eerily reminded me of a demo I did for them. The words had all changed, but the concepts were all there.
I’m not going to get into who, what, where, when — that’s not the point — the point is I had the spark and let it go.
Maybe because I didn’t have enough drive to make it real?
Maybe because I didn’t think it’d be worth delivering?
Maybe because I wasn’t willing to undertake the work to go into it?
Whatever the case, I let the opportunity go.
I couldn’t maintain the Spark, I could start it but I couldn’t keep it going.
And here I am on the verge of starting a new app again where I’m wondering the same question — should I create this new thing and if so, how do I maintain that spark to see it through?
Do I go into a cave and work on it?
Do I create a crazy routine that I’ll only be able to manage for five weeks before shutting it down?
Do I block out life and focus only on it?
Whatever it is, all I know is that I need to find a way to maintain it, to keep it going and deliver that Spark.