Updated: Nov 17, 2019
Remember the last time you had a big idea only to have it unsupported by others? The answer to realizing your dream may just be to keep going.
Fresh off a previous movie achievement, George Lucas presented Star Wars to both United Artists and Universal who turned down the movie concept which was only agreed to by Twentieth Century Fox, not because they liked the story idea, but because they liked his previously successful move, American Graffiti (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMoCP4jZLxk).
But the challenges didn’t end there. According to Daniel Goleman’s Google lecture published in 2013 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb0c_9zc7Zg), George Lucas ran out of money while filming Star Wars and not one, not two, but ten banks turned down his request for financing. Fortunately, an eleventh bank
agreed to finance the completion of the film.
What about your last big idea?
You know, the one that was going to change the world or make things better for you and those around you? Initially considering big ideas and its elements makes up what we call the “idea honeymoon phase” which, unfortunately, is all too often followed by a period we call, “the dream crusher”.
Next time one of your ideas is met with resistance, is it because your idea isn’t a good one or, as in the case of Star Wars, is it that your idea isn’t right for someone else’s dream or current state of resources? The ability to stay resilient while working alternative solutions may just mean your idea’s success is just a few more tries away from achieving reality.