How Do You Put Your Ideas Into Action?

Are you breathing life into your ideas?

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Jess Ekstrom, founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, explains what leaders must do to be able to put ideas into action.

“I like to think of inspiration and these ideas for change as a deflated balloon,” explains Jess. “You know that it could be something, but you have to make the choice of whether you're going to breathe life into it and make it something, or it's just a deflated balloon.”

Watch the video to hear Jess’ thoughts on breathing life into the ideas that come your way.

I like to think of inspiration and these ideas for change as a deflated balloon, a rubber balloon sitting on a counter. You know that it could be something, but you have to make the choice of whether you're going to breathe life into it and make it something, or it's just a deflated balloon. I think that the idea of change and inspiration is celebrated, which is great, but what about the next steps. Sometimes those next steps right in that window after you're inspired are the most important parts, because that's when you're overcoming that fear. It's just that initial reaction to something, instead of this drawn out plan that can actually paralyze you from actually doing it when you plan too much. Really making the active choice when we see something that needs to change, whether it's small or big. To just blow the balloon, see what happens because even if it's not what you think it's gonna be it could be something even greater, different, or you could just learn something along the way.

I think Headbands of Hope I realized it was the thing that I wanted to do because it was something that I never actively said I was going to do. It was like this physiological response, where I could not help. My hands just lifted towards the keyboard, and I was like I have to make this work. Because it mattered to me.
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Jess Ekstrom

While interning with a wish-granting organization for kids with life-threatening illnesses, Jess spent her junior year at North Carolina State University developing her company, Headbands of Hope. The company partners with retail stor...

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