Glen Wakeman – world traveler, CEO, business owner, and mentor conducted an interview with Ideamensch to discuss his long, storied career in hindsight.
One of the companies created be Mr. Wakeman was LaunchPad Holdings, a company which, according to Glen Wakeman, was founded with the intentions of matching ideas with cash. In the interview, Wakeman talks about how he has heard so many incredible ideas from people without the knowledge or resources to make them a reality.
“An idea isn’t a plan,” said Wakeman. “So we thought we would make it easy and intuitive to build a plan with a simple software platform.”
That’s exactly what LaunchPad Holdings does. It takes an individuals concerns and ideas into consideration and produces a business plan for the customer.
Wakeman also explained his own personal techniques when bring a new idea together.
“[I] force myself to explain [my ideas] to others,” Glen said.
Before he speaks to anyone, he sits down and plans out his idea, creating an outline and going through the necessary steps required to bring the idea to life.
“Sometimes when you have to say [ideas] out loud, you realize how dumb they are,” Wakeman explained.
This process not only allows him to weed out the bad ideas, but it gives him the basic groundwork required to make an idea into something tangible. When Wakeman shows someone an idea, he makes sure that he is showing someone who will provide him with real feedback. He doesn’t want to explain his ideas to someone that is too nice or forgiving because they don’t have what it takes to criticize his work.
Wakeman also stressed curiosity in his interview, explaining that it is one of his most productive traits. In the interview, he explained that his curiosity makes him a better problem solver, encourage innovative, and creating a better experience for his customers.