Good Ideas Aren’t Enough

Just having a good idea isn’t enough to make you successful. If that were enough, yours truly would have been wildly successful at the age of 6.  Unfortunately, success requires more than good ideas.

Truly good ideas, world-changing ideas, need to have a couple more things going for them:

The world has to be ready for them:

Do you think the world is really ready for a leprechaun-powered car (if they even existed)?  I don’t.  I’m not sure that the market would support any true initiative towards alternative fuels or mythical creatures.  But the market was ready for the iPhone when Apple introduced it.  The market was ready for Android phones.  Is the world ready for your ideas?

You have to work hard:

A good idea simply can’t succeed without a lot of hard work.  It takes work to fail the way to success.  It takes investments -  time, resources, and passion to truly bring life to a great idea.  Nothing truly worth accomplishing is not also worth the battle to get there.

Let’s step away from the leprechaun-powered cars for a moment.  Do you want to see an end to starvation or destitute poverty?  Do you want to make people smile?  Do you want to make it easier for people to self-publish?

Well, get ready for some work.  Sometimes I would prefer that ideas simply sprout and grow without effort.  But that’s not how the world works.  That’s not how it was designed.  So, let’s get out there and do the work to make the world a better place.

What are your passions?
What are your ideas?
Will you get out there and do something about them? 

What to Give for Christmas

If you’ve not already started, it’s time to think about Christmas. What you’ll get. What you’ll give. Where you’ll spend your time.

Especially in a time when it seems that jobs are paying less and stuff costs more, what we can’t buy may be depressing. It seems we can never spend enough to let people know how much we really love them.

But you have something much more valuable to offer than stuff. You can offer yourself. You are more valuable than anything you can buy. So, instead of offering trinkets and trash (it all ends up in the trash eventually), find ways to offer your time and your attention and your love and your faith.

  • Be present when you’re with people
  • Turn off the TV and play games
  • Take a vacation
  • Share a meal
  • Volunteer together
  • Go for a walk
  • Share stories about your childhood
  • Just listen and enjoy being with people.
  • Pray and worship together

Those are just a few of my suggestions. What ideas do you have?

Giving Thanks

Today’s post is about you and the people you love. Who are you thankful for?

Most of the time when we think of giving thanks, we think of things. You know, iPods and running water and having nice houses. But what about people?

Many times the people we love bring more to our lives than the stuff that steals our attention. Why not take a minute to let the people who add value to your life know that they’re important to you?

Why not do it now?