Sourcing creative, good news stories that show the transition of an idea through clarity of intention to a reality is great research to do, but a little harder than I’d imagined. Many people are on the journey, but can’t fully demonstrate the concept yet.
Then I realised I need look no further than TED. After all, if someone is doing a TED talk, they’ve likely realised an idea in one form or another, technologically, in education or through design.
I went on a search. I wasn’t looking for the grand stories, but for those of ordinary people who for what ever reason had become obsessed with an idea and then realised it. Usually, because they wanted to help, or change something they thought was wrong.
A monthly problem
Arunachalam Muruganantham wanted to help his wife with a monthly problem. Hygienic care versus a reduced food budget. But he had resistance from the very people he sought to help, his wife included. It was, he found, not so easy as he’d at first thought.
That is another commonality of ideas implementation. It is never so easy as the idea presupposes. That’s why so many people move on to the next idea, never realising the clarity they needed to succeed with the first.
You have to do the hard work of clarity to solidify a clear intention. When you do, something lights up in your brain. It fans desire and fuels the energy to see the job through.
Conviction comes with clarity of intention
Arunachalam became very clear about what it was he both wanted and needed to do and he states these intentions with complete conviction in his talk.
After seven years, he has succeeded in all sorts of surprising and inspiring way.
It’s a delightful story and he’s a delightful speaker. Because he’s so clear about what he set out to do, how he did it and how it has made him feel, his authenticity shines through. You realise his courage, conviction and determination, even though he laughs gently at himself throughout.
Not everyone implements entrepreneurial ideas. Although many people carry out their work with a dedicated intention, ongoing rigour and a real desire to see outcomes that will change the lives of others.
Either way, the need to present an idea, proposition or concept increases exponentially the more determined you are to succeed.
Take the gun runner
Jon Yeo, TEDxMelbourne curator has many years experience of working with speakers who have great ideas and have done good work, but aren’t necessarily able to present them to hold the attention of their desired audience. Take the gun runner.
You’ll have to tune in on Thursday, 2nd July, at 1.15pm to hear the story and to find out his techniques for clarity in speaking.
We look forward to sharing it with you. You can book here.