Just An Idea

My son’s birthday is coming up soon, and he received a gift that I just might have to steal from him.

It’s an award-winning children’s book called ‘What Do You Do With An Idea’ by Kobi Yamada.  But this gem of a story should not be read by or for children alone.  It must be lifted beyond the messy chaos of the playroom, away from the kids’ bookshelf that overflows with rhymes about dinosaurs (nothing against dinosaurs, mind you), and given pride of place in the adult library.

It is the story of a simple idea, born without intention and determined to follow its young owner who questions what he should do with it and what others will say about it.

Sound familiar?  It does to me, and it likely will for so many of you who battle to keep your ideas alive, to protect them from criticism (especially your own), and to see them through to the point that they blossom and become somehow bigger than yourself.

Buy a copy of this book.  Look at it every day and remember that the end result of your idea is not the goal.  As with everything in life, it is the journey you take with your idea that matters.

Advice from a Sharpshooter

There are a lot of quotes out there about striving to meet a goal.  I recently stumbled across this one from Annie Oakley and thought I’d share it.

Aim at a high mark, and you will hit it.  No, not the first time, nor the second and maybe not the third.  But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect.  Finally, you’ll hit the Bull’s Eye of Success.


Happy New Year!

There is nothing I love more than putting out my Christmas decorations except, perhaps, putting them all away again.  It’s very cathartic.

So, as the new year begins, here’s to starting fresh, making great resolutions, and keeping every one.  Hope it’s a great year for you all!