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We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.
-- Harold Nicolson


Thursday, April 16, 1998

Great ideas

Think of how powerful an idea can be. Every great invention, every magnificent work of art, every brilliant accomplishment began with an idea. There is no limit to how far an idea can take you.

And yet, the idea alone is not enough. Ideas are worthless without execution. By itself, an idea does not accomplish anything -- it has value only to the extent that it is acted upon.

You’ve probably had hundreds or even thousands of workable ideas. And the only ones which ever amounted to anything, were the ones you acted upon.

Ideas create value when action is invested in them. In fact, the more you act on your ideas, the better those ideas become. Why? If you never have to act on your ideas, you don’t care if they’re realistic or not. Knowing that you must actually follow your ideas, makes them sharper, more realistic and more successful. Action imposes a healthy discipline on your thinking, and brings your ideas to life.

An idea is the roadmap to success -- it is not success itself. An idea is a great start, but only if you keep on going. Respect and value your great ideas by acting them into reality.

— Ralph Marston

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