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Collected Wisdom: 25 Bits of Advice on Making Ideas Happen

When we asked our followers @99U to share the best advice they’d ever received on making ideas happen, the response to #99advice was overwhelming. Below, find 25 snippets of collective wisdom on taking action, overcoming failure, embracing the unknown, and more.“Start where you are with what you have.” – @aCeramicArtist
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“Stop. Every now and then, just stop—take a walk if you need to—the ideas will come when you stop thinking about it.” – @michaelcalleia

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“Share your idea; involve others; celebrate often.” – @StuGoulden

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“Your story will probably end up looking nothing like you thought it would. Embrace it.” – @DisneyPixar via @Ketsi_alita_n

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“Write your idea down and you’ve already begun.” – @HollyJaded

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“More time [to decide] without more information just creates anxiety, not insight.” – Seth Godin via @innoventionguy

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“Fail fast. It takes many failed ideas to find a winner. Don’t become attached to an idea if it is not working.” – @jamesjay

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“There is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’, there is only ‘make.’” – @classen_chris

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“Turn off Twitter.” – @jeremymeyers

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“Stop pretending you don’t have what it takes. Start from where you stand, not from where you’ve stood.” – @Fr33c455

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“Don’t sit and stare at an empty page. Just write. Whatever comes to mind. Write anything, and fix it later.” – @markwmoloney

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“Set small, achievable steps towards measurable, concrete goals.” – @bronwynmcbride

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“Do what you do, then surround yourself with people who can do what you can’t.” – @jasonltilley

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“Ideas and thinking happen on an armchair, but doing happens on your feet.” – @dodiyeah

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“Perfect is the enemy of done.” – @julierainey

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“The power of accountability comes from your community… accountability to your own idea is greatly amplified when you go public.” – @kylelafontaine

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“Don’t expect your idea to stay the same. Let it evolve, that’s how you make it better.” – @JaneAndPhilbert

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“All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.” – Baruch Spinoza via @Matt_Cartagena

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“Learning to accept and embrace uncertainty is the key to creative pursuits.” – @jamiesonetc

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“Start with the simplest form of the idea. Make that function perfectly, then build from there.” – @SilasGodfrey

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“Under-promise and over-deliver. Every time.” – @imaccami

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“Everyone has ideas. It’s the few that act on them that are worth listening to.” – @bobonawave

Over To You

What’s the best advice on making ideas happen that you’ve ever received?

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Todd Anderson

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Todd Anderson is an editorial assistant for 99U. He is also an NYC-based performance poet and the producer of the Poetry Observed video series.
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