There will always be someone saying ‘I thought of that idea long before ….’ And it possibly is true. Thinking about an idea and bringing it to market are two very different things. And no, it is not just about execution. It is also about means – having the means to bring it to the world. However, too often we use ‘means’ as an excuse for not executing our idea, our book, our podcast, our product. Often underlying it all is fear. Fear of critics, of feeling like an imposter, of failing, and so on.
The same can be true in leading or creating change. Other organisations or companies or team will implement your ideas for change before you. Critics will abound. You will feel like an imposter and fear failing. This can be discouraging and hold us back.
But what if we it is a positive sign? A sign we were on to something? Creating change always creating tension in us, in others, and in the processes and culture of the status quo – the here and now.
“If you absolutely can’t tolerate critics, then don’t do anything new or interesting.”Jeff Bezos
If critics don’t show up, we’re unlikely to be creating any change at all.