Optimize The Time You Spend On a Brilliant Idea with the Art of Prototyping

Have you conceived a brilliant idea, which is consuming your time and energy? Kiss goodbye to wasted time and energy.
First and foremost, depending on the type of dream you may have. It is worth considering the art of prototyping.

Prototypes are one of my favorite creative process methodologies. It's beneficial to design one to test how well the creative idea survives.

Used appropriately, it leads you to accelerate the design process.
A prototype allows you to fail faster. Wait, you don’t want to fail? Of course, you don’t want to fail, but the faster you learn what will NOT work, the easier it will be for you to move on and succeed at something that will.

Failure has such a bad rap. Even I gave it a bad rap in times before. Pondering what would've happened if I failed, was detrimental to my psyche.

I despised the idea of failure so much that I obsessed at succeeding at the first opportunity. This was stressful, and unhealthy for my emotional wellbeing. Get inspired by Thomas A. Edison.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
– Thomas A. Edison
Prototype Testing is beneficial because it,
Decreases your wasted time and energy.
Accelerates your learning, 
Increases the rate of success, 
Reframes your idea of failure.
So, what am I saying?

A prototype has the ability to Show much more.

A prototype is the Show and Don't Tell Model.

Trying to explain an idea to someone is far less efficient, than to actually show it to them.

Remember that in order for you to stop wasting time and energy, you have to be more productive, and a prototype will help you achieve that.

Now, with all of this being said, there is a catch, one which many creative entrepreneurs, designers, and even great companies tend to suffer from the most, prototype attachment.

However, be aware and make an effort to avoid this common mishap, prototype attachment.

The idea that you’ve come up with, may very well change the world. I support the possibility of your dream.

Do you love your idea so much that you can’t let it go?

I can relate to you. Of course, you’re not going to quit on that vision. In fact, you shouldn’t.

You don’t have to let go of your brilliant idea. But, are you being flexible enough, to allow it to take shape and form.

Often, being clinging to one solid shape and form can cause stress and produce ineffective results.

When creating a prototype, give yourself permission to use cheap materials, and give it enough detail to make it effective.

Avoid using expensive materials, incorporating too much detail (wasted time), and falling in love with your prototype that you loose focus on your primary design.

Take Away
Prototype is a Show Don't Tell Model, and it's beneficial because it,
  • Reduces your wasted time and energy
  • Increases your productivity
  • Accelerates your learning
  • Increases the rate of success
  • Reframes your idea of failure
When creating a prototype use,
  • Cheap materials (prototype is meant to show idea)
  • Enough detail (makes it efficient)

Avoid these common mistakes,
  • Using expensive materials (wasted money)
  • Too much detail (wasted time)
  • Falling in love (attachment) with your prototype (ineffective results)

Share Your View
Have you ever experimented with prototype testing?

If you have not, what is the idea that may benefit from using this methodology?

Even if you have a launched idea, how can you improve its quality by prototyping an improved version?

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