Though for the Day September 9, 2014 Faith in Your Ideas

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“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” Voltaire  thanks to

027 old faithfulFolks stand by at Yellowstone National Park for Old Faithful Geyser to blast thousands of tons of water into the air. They know not exactly when it will blow. It is not as faithful as it was before the great Yellowstone earthquake, but they have an estimate when it will blow and the assurance that it will blow. Now there will be a time when it no longer erupts but the folks have faith that it will erupt again and soon. So they stand there in their faith.

If we had as much faith in our own ideas as we do in Old Faithful, we would be much more successful in life. Too often a person does not act on a great idea only to find that someone else had faith and acted.

I can give you an example, being 82 years old and cognizant of my failures.

In 1966, my wife and I moved our family from Pittsburgh to Ames, Iowa. The first thing that I  noticed was that there was no McDonald’s.

I wanted to start a McDonald’s but it cost about $50,000.00 to start back then (not now!) I was only making $13,000.00 a year taking a big cut in pay so that I could fill my obligation to the government to spend some time as a professor of engineering. I didn’t even think that I could raise such money.

Well, my neighbor did about two years later. He simply went to the local bank and asked them to put up the money. He started the restaurant.

Then I had a friend come in town and he started a chain of Taco Time restaurants across Iowa. I was too negative even to think of an SBA loan or such or just going to the bank.

If you have an idea that you know is valuable, go for it. Take action. Don’t say, “I can’t do that!”

Do not rationalize yourself out of success.

What? You want to be a landscape artist? Well grab a bucket of red paint and a large brush and go out and paint the barn. Now take what you have learned and paint the same barn on canvas using a small brush. (Well, it could be that simple.)






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