I was pretty excited to read Scott Belsky’s “Making Ideas Happen” since I’m a big fan of the behance network and have read a few of his great blog posts. But “Making Ideas Happen” was one of the hardest books for me to make it through in awhile and I almost gave up a number of times… In hind sight I wish I had. If you’ve read a lot of self-development or creative process books recently then there isn’t going to be anything new here. And a lot of the stories off success have been mentioned in numerous other books. Such as Tony Hsieh and the Zappos story.
The book starts off really well, you learn about Scott Belsky’s and Behance.net’s Action Method. I’ve never used the Action Method before so I enjoyed hearing about it’s process and how creative folks use it. At times during this book I was really inspired but quickly forgot what was said. I found myself having to keep going back. There were just too many good ideas basically thrown at you at once and it was hard to digest them all. But looking back on it I guess you can sum up this whole book in that the solution to all your problems is to be more organized. I’ve read a handful of reviews of this book and it seems like just about everyone agrees that this book could of been cut in half. There are a lot of repeated parts that overlap, I’d recommend saving some time and skipping this book. Instead pick up “Rework” or “Delivering Happiness.”