There are a lot of things I haven’t done.
Let me re-phrase that. There are a lot of things I had the idea to do, planned on doing, then just didn’t follow through with it. (There are even more things I haven’t done that I haven’t thought of doing yet.)
There are a lot of things I have done.
So, have I done things because I’ve thought of a lot of things to do, and at least some of them have happened? Does the principle that the guy with the most home runs has the most strike-outs apply here? Or he who has the highest number of stolen bases also get thrown out the most?
Does a lot of success necessarily mean a lot of failure?
I saw a quote today that says, “Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they’re really not. They’re companions – the hero and the sidekick.” by Laurence Shames
To me, that means that in order to do great things, you need to do a lot of things.
And the way to do a lot of things is to get the ideas from your head out into reality, so they have some form and substance.
And the way to do that is to write.
That’s why blogging is so good for you.
What do you need for economic stimulus?
First you need business ideas that will generate income and make money for the owners and employees.
Seth Godin and some friends provided 999 ideas. That should be enough to get started.
Next, you need some seed money to make them happen.
Billionaire Mark Cuban has plenty of money for funding new businesses and he wants to give it away, but he has laid out specific rules and stipulations for the type of business he is looking for. That’s okay because it’s his money and beggars can’t be choosers.
What else is needed?
Oh yeah… hard work.
That’s the missing link.
So it looks like we have unlimited money and ideas available, we just need the tough sweat equity work to make things happen. Then we don’t need an economic stimulus package, we need a hard work stimulus package.
Let’s go do it.
I walked through the wildwood, and what did I see
But a unicorn with his horn stuck in a tree,
Cryin’, “Someone please help me before it’s too late.”
I hollered, “I’ll free you.” He hollered back, “Wait-
How much will it hurt? How long will it take?
Are you sure that my horn will not scratch, bend, or break?
How hard will you pull? How much must I pay?
Must you do it right now or is Wednesday okay?
Have you done this before? Do you have the right tools?
Have you graduated from horn-savin’ school?
Will I owe you a favor? And what will it be?
Do you promise that you will not damage the tree?
Should I close my eyes? Should I sit down or stand?
Do you have insurance? Have you washed your hands?
And after you free me – tell me what then?
Can you guarantee I won’t get stuck again?
Tell me when. Tell me how.
Tell me why. Tell me where…”
I guess that he’s still sittin’ there.
By Shel Silverstein
Smart people can think of a lot of details and ramifications of certain actions, which is probably why we need them (the smart people). But sometimes too much thinking about the bad things that haven’t happened yet can stop the good things from happening. We call it, “analysis paralysis” a disease most prominent in engineers.
So if you want “Help” from the good ideas that are in the people all around you, then don’t be like the unicorn… who’s still sittin’ there.