“They stole my idea.”
I have heard that statement several times in my life.
You have probably heard it too…several times.
Maybe you have even made the statement at some point in your life.
You had the idea and you were really excited about it.
It was a thought you cherished.It kept you awake night after night.The sheer thought of it’s potential sent shivers down your spine and flooded your heart with unspeakable joy.
Days passed, yet you were still developing your idea.You wanted it to come out perfect so you took your time.You decide to dot every “i” and cross every “t”.
Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out the way you planned.
Soon after, you were shocked to discover that “your idea” had been executed by someone else.
You wanted to start a business of that nature in your estate but you discovered that someone just startet it.
You wanted to organize a concert of that nature but you discovered that someone else just DID IT.
You spent the last year writing a book with that title and concept but you just discovered that someone else is DOING IT.
You wanted to produce a television show of that nature but someone else was faster than you…
They stole you idea or so you thought.At least, it felt better to think that way.
Your first reaction was disbelief, then disappointment… followed by displeasure.
You were displeased with yourself.You started thinking aloud…
“If only I had acted faster…”
“If only I had moved earlier…”
“If only I knew better…”
If you are goal-oriented and purpose-driven like me, you must be familiar with that stinging sensation that comes with discovering that “your idea” has been “stolen”.
Notice that I put “your idea” and “stolen” in parenthesis.That’s deliberate.
I understand that there are people who lack the moral fiber to give you credit for your ideas and would rather run off to execute them, taking the glory for those ideas.I have no respect for such people. I consider them weak. However, I have also discovered that GOD is the giver of every good and perfect gift.(This includes good ideas)
With that in mind, what you call your good ideas are SEEDS planted in your heart by God.
The interesting thing is that God causes rain to fall on both the good and the evil.This implies that whenever God opens His “idea-vault”, several people may conceive the same idea.
There is hardly anything like monopoly of ideas.Every God-given idea is designed to make the world a better place so if you conceive it and you do not execute it, God will stir someone else to make it happen because God’s ultimate plan cannot be jeopardized by one person’s lethargy.
So let this be clear-when you are struck by a bright idea, there are probably a thousand and one people all over the world that caught it too but what makes the difference is what you do with that idea.
I realize that you have a golden idea that will take the world by storm but here’s a very important question-Are you going to keep thinking about it or are you going to start DOING something about IT?