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Here is the Daily Dose for Thursday, April 29, 2021.
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23
I have a confession to make. Many people do not know this but I should be a billionaire. One of my friends and I came up with the idea for the iPod. I remember the day very clearly. A friend and I were walking from the car to House of Wong in St. Louis when we began to talk about the nature of buying albums on CD vs buying CD singles. We both agreed that most albums were terrible and you really only wanted to buy a few songs on any given album. So we started thinking, what if there was a way to just buy the selected songs you wanted on an album and carry all of them around with you in one place. Then we got to the restaurant and never thought about it again, until we both owned iPods and remembered that conversation from years before.
While my friend and I came up with a great idea that has sold millions, saved Apple and remade the music industry,we did not get a thing out of it because all we did was talk. We didn’t do any research. We didn’t do any development. We didn’t look into copyright and publishing in the music industry to see if our brilliant idea would even work. We thought of it and went on to lunch. Great ideas are a dime a dozen, profits come to those who do the work to make them into a reality.
Whatever it is that you have been talking about doing for years there is no time like the present to stop talking and start doing. Doing things always leads to a profit. Not doing things always leads to losing out on opportunity. Sure, there is a high possibility that I would never have gotten the iPod to market, but I would have gained a lot along the way. I would have learned a lot of new things. I would have met some really interesting people. I may have even made some money along the way. Instead, I had a great lunch. Today, is the day for you to get started on your great idea. It may not make you any money, but all hard work makes you something.