16 Jul
2009
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Potter Envy

As a member of a Weasley-esque family of redheads, it is only natural for me to be totally enamored with the Harry Potter series. I really got into the books (yeah, I know, me and four billion others) but I think what I enjoyed most about them wasn’t their amazing, jaw-dropping imaginativeness, but rather the detail. Details that are mentioned in the first few books that become important in the final books, things omitted, things scrupulously planned. Character details that would become so important on second or third read that seemed inconsequential during the first. Thinking about these books, along with Julie Powell’s success with her Julie/Julia project, led me to determine that I have a really bad case of Potter envy.

"Now, what was my dream again? Oh, yes, peanut butter cookies...and world domination."

"Now, what was my dream again? Oh, yes, peanut butter cookies...and world domination."

I envy the overall brilliant ideas that Rowling and Powell had, of course. But what I really, really envy (without begruding them their hard-earned success in any way) is the way their ideas were put into action and for such sustained periods. How each of the women not only imagined their idea, but created it, honed it, reviewed it, probably almost threw in the towel a few times, but kept on keeping on while, incidentally, carrying on important relationships–a child, a fiancee, families. They didn’t just take on self-improvement tasks that take repetition and a bit of work  but can easily be accomplished over the period of a month like perfecting your elevator pitch or learning to write the perfect thank you note; these are things that, once undertaken, could drive any sane person to the brink of insanity, or to abandon the idea early on, or to sell out and do them in an easier, half-*ssed, ho-hum manner, effectively burying their chances for true success.

It hasn’t escaped my notice that most things that I traditionally label as the best of innovations…Microsoft, Apple, Dell, etc. started with some bachelor guys in their garage or dorm room, focused like lasers on their projects, pretty much putting their personal lives on hold. I don’t think that’s a coincidence that personal-life-self-sacrifice is a proven main ingredient for success in terms of managing huge projects. On the other hand, even if a more well-balanced life while attaining your dream is the road less traveled, it makes all the proverbial difference that it has been traveled, and that it could end in a happy, fulfilling, dream-catching manner. And, by women–real women. We should know that it could be, but the evidence is very, very sweet.

I’ve got my inspiration. I need my idea. But if a 39-year-old Julia Child could finally tell herself that she might should take a cooking class while in Paris…well, then, I’m not too behind yet. 🙂

You can DO it,

XXOO
Sassy G.

Have you had success moving from a great idea to a great plan to a great achievement–while maintaining a good level of happiness? Any tips to share?

So, what do you think?