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June 21, 2012

Moving an idea from your brain into the physical world.

by Reza Shirazian

It’s easy to come up with ideas. That’s what your brain’s meant to do. To come up with ideas is to take common patterns from your everyday experiences and morph them into new patterns. This is why I believe it’s important to commit to an idea as soon as possible. Now what does it mean to commit? I’m not a big fan of sitting down and designing a complete road map of what needs to be done. But I do believe it’s important to create some sort of physical representation of the idea. 40 thousand dollars and  five years of earning a computer science degree has made it somewhat easier for me to accomplish this. I like to think that I’m trained to see things in abstractions.  This somewhat helps with translating ideas from a concept in your head into something meaningful on paper/screen. When I decided to take on Project Mastan the first thing I did was I mapped how I would like the user interface to look like. This is before writing any code or even thinking about how I would solve the challenges I had ahead of me. This step brought the idea, from my head into the physical world. I was seeing it on a piece of paper. That which existed as neuron connections in my brain, was now in the physical world. This first step, was not only motivating but also extremely helpful on collaborating my subsequent millstones.

So I suggest, whenever you take on a task, be it related to software development or real life: try to move it from your brain in to the physical word in some shape or form. If you’re planning on losing weight, write down the steps you want to take. If you’re thinking of redecorating your house, draw out where you want your furniture. There is something about having your idea take form in the physical world that not only motivates you, it commits you to doing it.

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