Dreamer, Doer, Incrementalist: Which one are you?
Scott Belsky’s book, Making Ideas Happen, focuses on developing tactics to help people move past the initial step of having a great idea to actually implementing that idea. He introduces us to three different creative types: the Dreamer who is constantly coming up with new ideas, the Doer who is ruthlessly focused on the specifics of execution, and the Incrementalist who takes on aspects of both. We all know people who fall into each of these categories, and we could probably come up with pros and cons of these different mentalities.
- Extremely creative
- Generates new ideas at the drop of a hat
- Constantly starting projects, but has trouble finishing them
- Gets things done
- Breaks down ideas into feasible action steps
- Focuses on implementation, easily frustrated by unrealistic ideas
- Shifts between phases of Dreaming and Doing
- Gets impatient during idea generation and shifts to implementation
- Tends to come up with and follow through with too many ideas
- Opportunity cost of rarely achieving full potential by sticking with one idea
In the end, there is no “best” way of thinking. A Dreamer needs a Doer to push them into action. A Doer needs a Dreamer to generate an idea and creative solutions to problems along the way. An Incrementalist will thrive when paired with a Dreamer, a Doer, or another Incrementalist.
The key to creating the perfect partnership is to identify whether you are a Dreamer, a Doer, or an Incrementalist and find someone who is equally passionate about your idea but has a completely different skill set.
So, are you a Dreamer, a Doer, or an Incrementalist? Have you already found your perfect counterpart? Do you know who you’re looking for?