How many times have you come up with Ideas Working From Home, do nothing about it and then find later the idea is being marketed. This has happened to me many times and sure I’m not alone. It all comes down to seizing the opportunity and making life changing choices. You will never be successful at anything if you keep putting things off or taking too long to make a decision – missing out.
In the 1870s two men worked extensively on modifying and improving telegraphy at a time working on technology much different to that of today. Both men were looking at transmitting sound down a wire and both explored the transmission of the human voice electronically.
What’s remarkable about this event is that both Alexandra Graham Bell and Elisha Gray filed their ideas at the patent office on the same day. On February 14, 1876, Gray filed a caveat (declaration for the intention to apply for a patent) with the U.S. Patent Office for a telephone design that used a water transmitter.
That same morning, Bell’s lawyer filed Bell’s application with the patent office. Bell was the first person to file for a patent and was a result of Elisha Gray losing time on other things. At that point, those lost minutes cost Grey a fortune.
Why share this with you? This is a good example, not about how someone lost out big time, but more to the point about someone seizing the moment. You really don’t want to miss the boat.
Another point to make is to only work on things that matter that makes a difference. Don’t settle for a ‘B’ grade. Aspire to succeed at everything you do. This leads me onto something else.
A professor stood in front of a class of 30 senior molecular biologic students. Before passing out the final exam paper he said, “You know what, I feel privileged to be your tutor this semester. I know how hard you have prepared for this exam.
Many of you will go onto medical school in the Fall. How much pressure there must be in order to keep your grades up. Because I know you are confident of knowing the material, I’m offering an automatic B for anyone who wishes to exit the final exam.”
The noise was audible. Many then jumped up, thanked the professor and left. With few remaining, the professor asked whether there were anymore takers. One other left.
The final exam was handed out and once opened, consisted of 2 sentences;
Congratulations, you just received an A in this class. Keep believing in yourself.
So it is all about seizing the opportunity and believing in yourself to get to that next level. Would you have stood up? Stand up for something bigger, don’t take second best. Believe in yourself and your abilities to succeed in something greater and for nothing less. Do what you need to do to get that A. Be that leader, show up, change your days and ways. It all starts with you.
We can all aspire to achieve better things. It may be a case of changing direction and doing something you have never done, but always dreamt of. I’m helping people to think positively about the future and how best use their time. I believe that people can find a way within to pursue an idea and a vision. We all have the ability to take control of our lives, but many just don’t know it or how.
By Anthony Ewing