Watch and Enjoy

“Just Do It.”

“Make it happen.”

“Everyone is an entrepreneur.”

Doing things is great. Everyone should be doing things. Things that they find productive, creative, and fulfilling. But even if you spend all your time “doing”, there’s never enough time to do everything you want. Or everything you think you might want to do. What then?

Watching others do things is not only the next best thing to doing them yourself, but can often be just as fulfilling. Seeing someone else take an idea you had (or shared) and do things with it you never dreamed possible is downright exciting. Seeing them take an original idea and build it into something great, knowing you had no part of it whatsoever, is such a thrill. You get to just sit back and watch, enjoying their success. 

So when you can, give others the opportunity to make something happen. Good ideas are everywhere. Delivering on good ideas takes work. Sometimes it’s better to let others do that work while you get to just enjoy it. It may just spark your next great idea. 

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John Higley

John Higley

I'm a software developer, working remotely from Richland, WA, working on solving the many issues of managing financial services products on the web. I'm fascinated by the user experience of web sites and applications and read way more than I should. Working on effectively sharing knowledge and ideas has become a recent, but burning, passion.

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  • Amen brother. Not only is there great value in helping others to do things and take action, but there’s also incredible liberation and motivation in determinedly choosing NOT to do certain things–especially when it’s a good idea that could have a positive impact in people’s life or make you a bunch of money. Kind of a Churchy thing, but I loved a talk by Dallin H. Oaks a few years ago called “Good, Better, Best”. One thing he said was, “We have to forego some good thing in order to choose other that are better or best.” When I’m able to let go of a “good” idea–which is to say, stop thinking, “Oh…maybe someday when I have more time I’ll do that”–I feel great. When I honestly tell myself, “Yeah…it’s a great idea and I could make it work and it would be fun/good/cool/profitable, but I’m choosing to focus on this other thing instead”, I feel loads lighter and more focused. I’M in control of my ideas and opportunities at that point instead of being a slave to them.