How to make stuff happen – in five simple steps

A simple guide to making stuff happen

1) Ask questions
2) Listen carefully to the answers
3) Do something useful with what you have learned
4) Tell people what you have done
5) Repeat steps one through four

What are you waiting for? Get on and do it, and be mindful that simple isn’t always easy. That’s the point of step five I guess, repeat, repeat, repeat.

Have fun.


Author: Doug Shaw

Artist and Consultant. Embracing uncertainty, sketching myself into existence. Helping people do things differently, through an artistic lens.

8 thoughts on “How to make stuff happen – in five simple steps”

  1. 1. Ask questions
    2. Ask question again
    3. Use cattle prod to encourage correct answer
    4. Do what you wanted anyway
    5. Blame someone else when it all goes pear shaped

    Guess which kind of day I’m having!!!

    1. Great five step plan Chris, love it! πŸ™‚ I don’t think I need to guess about the kind of day though….chin up – I see home time coming very soon.

  2. Doug,

    You forgot to number one of your steps. There are six, not five, steps involved in making stuff happen. The sixth step is:

    Have fun.

    1. Dammit! I put it as the closing note in the post, and yes – it should be a step indeed. Thanks for the reminder Ian

  3. I just spent several hours writing a blog post about yesterday’s Engage for Success event – should have just nailed it like you did! πŸ™‚ Look forward to meeting again in 2013!

    1. Thanks Graham – sometimes these things need brevity. And the challenge with that is sometimes stuff gets missed. See Ian’s point above, and Mark’s point below.

      Nevertheless I do think most stuff is overcomplicated, and so it is worth trying to pare things down where we can.

      I look forward to seeing you again too, appreciate your support.

    1. Grrr, smartarse πŸ˜€

      An excellent addition, wish I’d thought of it. Have a great Christmas Mark and a fabulicious New Year. See you soon.

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