Making change happen & The reality of moving forward in the status quo isn't easy.
It’s really, really hard work to create something new. Something that isn’t at first glance apparent. It’s tough to see a gap somewhere in the workflow, or a product suite and say to yourself… “HAY! We could really use a widget!”
This is where most people stop.
Now, take that even further and think about how much harder it is to write up a prototype, or project plan to build / design / write / what the widget does, and how you're going to get it done. In order to move things forward, you have to remove yourself from the dreaded task list every once in a while. When all your doing is what your told – the dreaded status quo sets in.
Don’t you dare stop there.
It has to get done, and quickly. You have to convince yourself that this is the most important thing you could be doing at this very moment. I know it’s not on fire, it’s not apparently urgent, and it’s not even apparently necessary. But it matters. This is how things move forward.
Don’t expect thanks.
Here’s the worst part (at first). When you do create your widget. When you present it in front of everyone. When you put yourself on the line… you will not get applause. You won’t be hoisted up on anyone’s shoulders, and you may not even get thanked for your work.
When they really like it, they ask questions and challenge you.
Who cares? Don’t expect it. If you do, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. Take a look at their point of view. You’re changing things, upsetting the status quo. There’s going to be some temporary comfort disruption. I’m sure you’ve seen it before. So what’s the point? How do you know if this widget is going to be accepted? They will ask questions. Period.
Now take a break, but not too long.
After you're done, take a deep breath. Turn your brain off, reset. You deserve it! That was some hard work. Then, start looking for new gaps. And for what it’s worth, great job!