Everything begins with an idea. – Earl Nightingale
I have a powerful secret to share with you. You are influential, maybe even magical. You’re able to create something out of literally nothing. Your thoughts have energy , and some say that you wouldn’t imagine a possibility unless it has the potential to become real. Before you write me off as a kook, let me provide a very potent example.
When I was a kid long, long ago in the 1970’s, there was a comic strip called Dick Tracy. The main character, Dick, was a police detective with lots of grit, brains and moxie. One of the things that most intrigued me about Dick Tracy was his “wrist TV”. (Which was initially introduced in 1946 as a wrist radio!) He would use it to summon backup, talk with HQ, call for an ambulance, and more. Long before cell phones, I couldn’t imagine that this could ever be a possibility outside of the funny pages – W here were the cords? How could they connect? Where did the power come from? So many unanswerable questions! Fast forward to the 2000’s and we now know that Dick was using the equivalent the Apple watch decades before its arrival. In fact, Marty Cooper, the inventor of the first smart phone attributes Dick Tracy as inspiration for his revolutionary invention.
Chester Gould, the inventor of Dick Tracy, imagined this invention that is so ubiquitous today in a time when many people didn’t have radios in their homes yet, let alone on their wrists. It’s likely that Gould had no inkling if this imaginary tool would ever become real, but he put it out into the world and the idea itself ended up inspiring scores of people who had the knowledge and motivation to create the “wrist TV.”
So, what’s the relevance of this to you? Here are the three things that I hope you’ll take from it:
Don’t be afraid to dream . Nothing worthwhile happens without starting with a little seed of an idea. Nurture it and see what grows.
"You have to dream before your dreams can come true." - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam