Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ideas are a Dime a Dozen. People Who Implement Them are Priceless

“Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless.” What a great quote by Mary Kay Ash, and so true! The world is full of incredible ideas that never go anywhere because great ideas are useless without someone full of passion to implement them.

I realize that implementing an idea can be intimidating, but taking that first step forward is the most important thing you can do to get your idea off the ground. Analyzing an idea is an important pre-step, but one of the biggest stumbling blocks people face is the temptation to over-analyze in an attempt to solve for every potential problem they might face, even if it only has a .03 percent likelihood of ever happening. Recognize that in the beginning stage of your idea there is no possible way to truly predict exactly what the future will hold because it is impossible to have every future fact you need to know. In the process of moving toward implementing your idea, variables around you will begin to change, and as they do, new facts will always be coming to light, which will help you to pivot your ideas in the right direction. Go into it knowing that your idea is going to morph and change drastically before it reaches its true fulfillment. All great ideas do, and that is what you want.

Years ago I went to meet with several large customers to see how our products were performing for them. Each shared their satisfaction with our services, but went on to share other problems they were facing, hoping that I might have a solution for them. As I met with each client and listened to their struggles, my mind began to formulate additions to our system design that were far broader in scope than my original ideas had ever been. The next thing I knew, voila, my original idea had morphed and become bigger and better than ever before. Had I not taken steps forward to implement my original idea, I would never have gotten to that moment when the original idea morphed into something genius!
As you get going, never be afraid to share your ideas with others to get feedback. As an angel investor when I ask people what feedback they have gotten from their peers on their ideas, I often get the response, “I haven’t shared it with them yet because I am too afraid someone might steal my idea.” My answer to that statement is always the same, “As an entrepreneur I always felt that if someone else out there had the initiative to take my idea and get it implemented first, then more power to them!” The reality is that most people may get excited about your idea, but very few of them would actually be willing to do all the work it would take to implement it.
Great ideas are born by the minute. At some point you have to decide to stop talking about your ideas and take the first step with enough confidence to carry you through to the next step. With each step forward new doors will open and your idea will expand. Keep your eyes and ears open and never be afraid to share your idea with others to get feedback. Ideas grow best when they are exposed to a lot of other people’s ideas and input on a regular basis. Never forget to stay passionate about your ideas. It’s that passion that will carry you through the difficult times that inevitably come along the path of implementation. Your passion will be contagious and it will draw others to you that can help you on your journey to becoming one of those priceless few who don’t just talk about it, they do it!
This article was shared by one of my friend, so true. Priceless(great) ideas can be implemented by priceless(great) people only.  Some thoughts wandered on my mind while reading this, wordings of  our Sheikh Ibraheem Devla "Khush Kismat hain woh log jinhe Allah khair ke kaamon ke liye istamaal kare, isliye Allah se hamesha maango ke 'Aye Allah hame khair ke phailne/phailaane ka baayis bana'" then he continued "Bad kismat hain woh log jinko Allah gumrahi aur badi ke kaamon me mubtila karde, isliye hamesha maango ke 'Aye Allah hame badi ke phailne ka baayis na banaa, hame gumrahon me se na banaa'". That is 'Those  are very fortunate people whom Allah makes to do good and uses for good, and those are very unfortunate people whom Allah makes to do bad and uses for bad, so every time ask Allah subhanahu wa ta'aala that 'O Allah, please give me taufeek(ordain or allow or make oneself) to do good and become zariya(way or getting used) of good things (making, happening), O Allah, please don't make me do bad things and get involved in bad things, or getting used(zariya) by to spread bad things'.
             Another thing is “Man jadda wajada” it means whoever seriously /sincerely (do things) he/she will get it or simple whoever sincerely does will get. “Man Jadda Wajada” is an arabian motto “…Someone who are really serious and persistent about his/her dreams, will succeed….”.

May Allah subhanahu wa ta'aala give us everything that is required to fulfill our valid dreams. Ameen.

Baarak-Allaahu Feekum - Wa SallAllaahu Wa-sallam 'alaa Nabiyyinaa Muhammad, Was-Salaam 'alaykum wa-Rahmatullaahi wa-Barakaatuhu.

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