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:
- Don’t expect anyone to care as much as you.
- Don’t require them to think as hard about this as you have.
- Do expect them to change their mind and disappear.
- 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]