A great idea.
I got a furtive phone call from a candidate more than a decade ago, “Bryan, this idea can make you a fortune. I don’t want to tell it to you unless you promise me half the money you make from it. This will make you rich.”
I answered, “You want half of my business for an idea? Great ideas are wonderful. I have them all the time. What I need are people who can execute great ideas. Will you quit your job and risk everything to make your idea work? Will you be content to be rewarded only after your idea is making money?”
“Well, no. Listen Bryan, if you do it, you’ll make a fortune. You only have to give me half.”
Unable to keep the idea to himself, he eventually told me that his idea was to bring cheap programmers from India to the United States. It was a great idea. One I was approached with literally every day by phone or email. And many people made their fortune doing it. I just needed someone daring enough to take the idea and run with it. I needed someone to execute the idea.
The most powerful factors in the world are clear ideas in the minds of energetic men of good will. (Thomson)
Do you have a great idea? If you have the guts and energy to gather supporters around you and execute that great idea, you will have the ride of your life. It can be done in your present company, a new company or your own company. Make sure the idea and your plans are big enough. As many companies fail from a big idea executed in a small way as from a small idea executed in a big way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. (Goethe)
Write down your plans. Get people to critique the idea. Use criticizers to figure out how to do things better. When someone says, “It can’t be done,” consider the source. Go out and make things happen. Life will never be the same for you.
Something To Do Today
In your job journal write down all the great ideas you have. Do it in a separate section. Discuss your ideas with people who can help you make them happen.
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