Point to Ponder
What is your
'NEXT' Million Dollar Idea?
creativity must go beyond mere idea generation; the light bulb that
goes on over the head of the talented person. It must become an
ongoing process, not just momentary and
epiphanies. Creativity is also a process that is linked to how
knowledge is managed, because it is inherently defined by quantum
leaps in understanding that lead to the
of value." John Kao
Have you ever seen something and
thought, "Hey, I thought of that first?" Then,
mentally kicked yourself because you never did anything about it? Me
Join the 'Million Dollar Idea LOST Club.
I was working in a Seattle youth ministry, back in 1970, and
while sitting around with another Canadian, came up with the idea of
a drive through oil change business. We figured there might be a
market for something faster than making an appointment and waiting
at a dealership. I even went so far as to draft up a simple floor
plan with a drive over pit; similar to what I 'now' see when I get
my car serviced.
I went on to what I was doing and simply forgot about it. My
friend went home and actually acted on the idea, one of the first of
its kind, which grew into a large chain across Canada. Now, every
time I drive in to get my oil changed, I am reminded that it
is taking action on our ideas that makes them profitable - Ideas At
Why do we do this? Is there a cure to help us?
Can we move out of this club and into the "I acted on My
Million Dollar Idea Club?" Well, the answer is
simply, yes! This newest Pocket Wisdom book is designed to do just
that. Using a very simple format, I want to challenge you to create
or capture an 'idea-a-week' that will help to enhance your personal
or leadership performance as well as your organization.
This newest Pocket Wisdom is going to the printer today! I
finally got around to reformatting it from its current size to fit
into our Pocket Wisdom series.The key in what I shared about is not
just having the idea, but acting on the idea. Ideas At Work! which
happens to be what we called our company.
Why not join the 'Million Dollar Acted
On It' club instead?
My challenge for you this month is to take stock of the ideas
you've got rambling around or written in journals and evaluate them
from the perspective of DO or Not Do! Very often we are sitting on a
potentially profitable idea or have been letting it gather mental
dust while we are engaged in other less important activities.
Someone once told me that, "the critical, productive
activities are often at the mercy of the menial, less important
ones." Too often we live our life in the shadow of
what might have been instead of boldly stepping
into the ring.
Does every idea pan out and make a million dollars? Nope, some
fail miserably. Some create some nice streams of income, like our
Secret Selling Tips. But, you will never know until you make the
commitment to ACT and to move
AHEAD on implementing them.
I've had some great ideas along the way. Some have been
very productive. Some have added love and a partner I enjoy spending
time with. Some have been detours which have created lessons I can
use in the future. I have not always jumped, but I have had the
courage to step out and work on them. You can too!
Like my friend, Kelly Falardeau, who just
published her 2nd book this year, "Self Esteem Doesn't Come
in a Bottle!" It hit the Amazon best seller lists just last
week. I'll bet she'd say you can do it too. I have had the privilege
of contributing to both of her books and stand in awe of what she is
doing with her life and her career in this industry.
Like my friend Charmaine Hammond, also a best
selling author, whose book "On Toby's Terms" is
soon to be made into a movie. I'll bet she'd say you can do it
So, what is stopping you from reaching out, dusting off a dream
or two, and moving ahead to make it a reality?
See you next month.
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
"Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty
heads and empty hearts can do that!" Norman Vincent Peale
I had the privilege of working with
Norman and meeting him and his lovely wife Ruth, when my partner and
I hired him and other speakers to do a one day motivational program.
I do remember this (at that time mid 60's) little old man shuffling
out on the stage at the Jubilee Auditorium and holding the crowd
mesmerized for over an hour.
Back stage, I said to myself, "Some day I want to
do that!" Well, it took 22 years before I acted on
that idea, but it is one that has allowed me to literally travel the
globe sharing ideas of hope and help with ten's of thousands.
you've had a dream that just won't go away, perhaps now is the time
to take it out, dust it off, and do something about it. Don't let your dream die within you.
PS: this picture was
captured when I was speaking in Vladavostok, Far Eastern Russia last
November is going to be another busy
month. Have a number of presentations to prep for: two in
Phoenix and one here in Edmonton. Also, we are still working
on the CAPS Foundation fundraising evening for our Toronto CAPS
Convention at the end of the month.
Have been invited to present in
Singapore in May (7,8) next year. Am working to see if I can adjust
our Australian tour so we can come home via Singapore to make it
fit. Amanda and Michael are getting married April 4th on the beach
in Kalbarri, Western Australia. Should be lots of fun. I need
to ensure I have another presentation ready for my return as I would
be speaking in Ottawa on May 12th.
Our two furry kids, Jasmine, and Dusty have been
part of our family now for a full year. They have added an element
of love, adventure and sometimes, 'What the heck are they
doing now?' to our lives.
Continuing to work on our publications.
3 books in the pipeline as EPUB (reader styled) and more to
follow. A new Pocket Wisdom for Business
Builders gone to print. Nice to keep my brain
actively occupied and focused.
Working on plans, budgets, team
assignments and roles for our 2012 CAPS
Edmonton adventure. BTW: If you are anywhere near Edmonton
on Sat. Nov. 12th, we have the fabulous Jane Atkinson as our special
Irene,myself, and her cousin Annie will
be attending Fabulous at 50 this weekend. This is my 3rd visit
and I look forward to it. Of course, being one of the few men
in attendance at this event that caters to fabulous women is
a perk too. So is supporting what they are doing and the women
they are doing it for. Check it out here and get your tickets. See you
on Saturday morning. It's at the Mayfield. Come early so you
get one of the 500 Swag bags. My friend, Charmaine Hammond
will be the MC and lots of my lady friends will be exhibiting
as well as attending. Irene and I look forward to this each
year, as she used to work with Dianna Bowes
who created it.
Thanks for reading
Bob 'Idea Man'
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