Perspective: Ideas Are Worthless

“Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it that makes a difference.” ~ Nolan Bushnell


If I had a penny (no, forget that…we don’t have pennies in Canada any more)…

If I had a nickel for every person/potential client who has said to me “I’ve got so many great ideas for the business”, or “I wish someone would hire me for my ideas” or “If only I had (this), then my idea would happen.”


In the words of Bushnell: “Success does not follow ideas. Success follows hard work.”

And I would add, success follows smart work.

Are you brimming with ideas that have taken form only in your mind? Do you think in “one day”, “when I have the money” or “if this then that” terms?

And how many times have your heard someone say “That was my idea!”, implying that someone actually had a vulcan mind meld with them and literally stole the idea right from their brain?

Everyone has ideas. But most of those ideas are rattling around in the mind and brain: enticing, exciting and seemingly just out of reach. They are the stuff that dreams are made of, and they’re a good first step. But do you really want to stay on the first rung of the ladder, the first step on the stairway, only to proclaim loudly when someone else does it, “Hey that was my idea!”

Dream. Decide. Do.

The dream or idea is your soul’s way of telling you to go for it. But then that sneaky, analytical, logical left-brain kicks in and tells you how it can’t be done, or the timing isn’t right or the stars aren’t aligned. And heaven forbid that you share that idea with anyone, because they’re sure to tell you how it can’t be done…how it’s been done before…or how bumblebees aren’t supposed to fly.

Once you have a dream or idea, the next step is to decide2do. Every act is based on a decision. It’s not based on “I’ll try”. It’s based on “I’ll do”, or better still, “I am doing…”

We know that when we couch things in the present tense, as if they are happening at this very moment, attention and intention collide to provide the springboard to action. Top that off with writing that action down…strengthening those neural pathways…and you’re on rung two.

Step three…DO. Take action. As the Zen proverb says:

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.”

And what’s the “right” direction? The one you choose. Even if it’s wrong, it’s right at that moment. You’ll adjust course. You’ll abandon and completely change direction. You’ll shift and change. Unless you are prepared to take that first step, you’re likely to be one of those people who say, “Hey that was my idea!”

Name it. Claim it. Do it. Today.

Editor’s Note: This post has been republished with permission from Kaarina Dillabough

Kaarina Dillabough

Kaarina Dillabough

Business Life Coach at Decide2Do
Kaarina is a business/life coach living in Ontario. For over 25 years her high-voltage energy, expertise and experience has inspired those she has worked with to reach beyond their grasp, to attain great things in business and in life. A former Olympic sports colour commentator and coach, Kaarina parlayed her coaching skills from the gym floor to the boardroom, working with business owners to improve their profitability and prosperity. In doing so, she has seen people grow both personally and professionally. Kaarina is known as an inspiring motivational speaker in areas such as branding, marketing, business growth strategies, and personal growth and prosperity. She is a passionate, seasoned coach and accountability partner with a proven track record, who loves nothing more than helping people achieve their goals in business and in life.
Kaarina Dillabough
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