How shall I approach people I want to interview to become my assistants?
They say “visionary” is not something you call yourself, it’s something that others call you. Anyway, I believe I am a visionary. Still, I am one without a proper track record of visions brought to fruition.
My inventiveness is too fast for me to seem to be able to get a grip on myself. I am constantly taking notes and tagging my Evernote.com database of 3200+ notes (not all of them are ideas by far, but anyway)
I feel unable to do the big things I have on my mind without help. I need to team up with enthusiastic people. I am sure that partnering with the right people, I will have many interesting plans laid on paper and then they will be given a try.
I am not thinking of business partners per se. I am more thinking of people that would like to give it a try/trial and see how it goes. Perhaps even offering them a percentage of my potential personal profits (not company profits — this is not my original idea anyway, allotting shares of one’s salary)
Okay so the thing is, how to I approach these people I have been shortlisting, and say something like “hey I’m this guy with many ideas, I want to expand on each of them, I want to draw the map, I want to guarantee the follow through, I want help with the details, I want complementarity and a willingness to let me inspire and give guidelines and accept delegation, I want intelligence, I want enthusiasm, etc. etc…
With such a vague description of what I want to do, can you give me a hand? I asked a few friends to give me references of friends they think could be good assistants for me. I am considering going with a handful of people simultaneously and distributing workload. Not everyone will be available full-time, actually I doubt any will. So, how do I value partial availability… and how do I make my proposition look stimulating without looking like an uninteresting madman’s never-to-become-real vision?
Please let me know of anything else you would like to know, as long as you don’t want to ask about my concrete ideas… just let me tell you that I am sure that many of these ideas are seriously profitable. Some are kind of a question mark, but others clearly have a market, as some are even refined reimplementations of foreign concepts.
Just to finalize… I am a guy of a broad range of knowledge and even skills, but my ADD prevents me from being perserverant and focused, so I dream of surrounding myself with people with whom I can share my knowledge and technique, share tools that I know of, etc. that I can even teach them about, and once they know how to use them, they don’t even need to be specialized managers or whatever to get the necessary work done… they just need willingness to be firm while working with me, accept responsibility for being autonomous enough while working with me to get all the creativity rolling for real.
So it’s about finding a certain personality type that will fit well with this “madness” of mine, working with me to come up with a “method” that gets stuff done.
Even if I have already shortlisted some people, feel free to suggest on types of people / specific education that you feel could be a good match.
Thanks for reading up to now — much appreciated! I hope this is not excessively complex and that someone will be able to help me ; )
P.S.: I’m the kind of controversial/polemic person, that supports controversial causes, speaks up about them, etc.. I need people with open minds that are not lazy. I realize many people with open minds are lazy..
P.P.S.: in addition to doing commercial ideas, I also have ideas for social projects, stuff that has an impact on the world without necessarily being for money. I guess the ideal assistants will be enthusiastic about helping me with this mix.. or shall I keep it separated, some people for business and others for non-profit?
P.P.P.S.: I didn’t mention secretarial etc. work concretely, but I would really like someone to help me / coach me / keep up with my schedule / make sure I make it to appointments / debriefs with me to extract and follow up on what’s important / helps extract value / etc..