Part of the new lineup of offerings in this phase of The 60 Weeks Program at Boulder Digital Works is called Idea Studio. It’s a weekly spot for someone with cool shit going on to come in, talk about it, answer questions and interact with the BDW crew. Idea Studio may or may not be open to the public. That’s still being ironed out.
Up first was Andrew Hyde; entrepreneur, start up guy, organizer and a bit of a rabble-rouser. Andrew’s Idea Studio effort included a run through what drives him, how he operates online, what shiny stuff on the Internet he was likes, his opposition to much of what is being done in the crowdsourcing world and some talk about mashups.
What resonated with me most about our time with Mr. Hyde was his proclamation that you cannot care more than him. Andrew is a driven dude and he claims that it is impossible to care more deeply about ones work than he cares about his own efforts. I both believe him and want to challenge him on this.
It is refreshing to have people out there challenging others to care more about what they’re doing. This forces people to put up or shut up, find something they care about and work to realize their vision.
I have these characteristics in me and I liked hearing Andrew put this part of himself front and center for the world to see.
I think this mindset comes down to execution. There are people who have ideas and do nothing with them. Then there are people who put forth every effort to execute on their ideas. Until that idea is realized, it eats at you to work to get it out.
I execute. I am at BDW to learn how to better execute and how to expand my arsenal of ways to execute on an idea. It was great to spend time with someone who goes at his goals as aggressively as Andrew. It forced me to dig deeper in my own efforts and see just how much I can care and how hard I can work.