When Creating A Plan That Requires Others, Minimise Their Burden

When we want to get things done, and our ideas sit at the core of those tasks, we think and do a lot to make our dreams a reality. When we loop other people into our projects, however, they don't sit thinking about our ideas every day and how badly they want to complete them.

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You may sometimes find similar passion in others, but you'll always find more in yourself. As entrepreneur Derek Sivers points out, you need a plan that accounts for the nature of working with people.

He suggests any good plan involving other workers should include the following:

  1. Don’t expect anyone to care as much as you.
  2. Don’t require them to think as hard about this as you have.
  3. Do expect them to change their mind and disappear.
  4. Make a robust plan that includes #1-3.

If you make a specific and detailed plan while accounting for the above, you'll have an easier time working with other people. Life happens a lot, so you have to hold people to realistic expectations. When you've worked on another's idea, you've likely missed a deadline, made mistakes and failed to act perfectly on every occasion. You'll face less disappointment if you expect the problems that come with working with others.

Fragile Plan vs Robust Plan [Derek Sivers]


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