My father use to tell me that when I got an idea, I could be sure that I was not the only one to get that same idea. He believed ideas developed out of our common humanity… and were in the air; out in the ethers, and that we humans are like antennas, able to pick up the transmission. The question was always who is going to pick up the idea and DO something with it?
Have you ever “received” an idea, and later learned that someone had “taken” your idea and turned it into a moneymaker?
How did that make you feel?
Well, I have had a number of these. My latest is that for many years I have been dancing on a bicycle. As a former Broadway stage dancer, and still tap dancer, I was always bored with just riding an indoor bike; and for that matter, just running on a treadmill, or moving boringly back and forth on an elliptical glider. I set out to transform my own workout, and developed creative ways to use those machines that made working out a lot more fun. I even bought a bike and treadmill, placed them in my garage and had a field day exercising in private. I tried doing this in gyms but always felt self-conscious. When I was Editor-In-Chief of Soul Mag in 2005-2006, I even wrote an article in 2005 about these new ways of using traditional exercise machines.
Okay, you get the gist. Now, jump to present day. I am reading a weekly magazine called The Week, and I read an article about women getting Botox in their scalp because it keeps them from sweating and messing up their hair while working out. The article goes on to point out that SoulCycle is “infamous for killing hair.”
I wondered… “What is SoulCycle?”
Well, now I know. It is a company started by two women in 2006 who had the same thought I had. This is only a year after I had my article printed in a magazine! Yep, they stole my idea!
Of course, I say that in jest, but it does shed light on the reality that ideas are in the air, and no one has exclusive rights on tapping into the pulse of cultural evolution or what the marketplace is ready for in terms of new products and ways of doing things, including exercise.
The great surprise for me was in reading the story of SoulCycle. Just two people who wanted to have more fun on an exercise bike. Instead of it feeling like hard work, they wanted it to be inspiring. They put their heads together, and made a business plan. They committed to making the idea happen not only for themselves, but for others. They bet on the fact that they weren’t the only ones who felt this way. I did my work out in secret thinking I was the only one crazy enough to do this. Boy was I wrong! And this has been going on for nearly ten years… and I didn’t know.
Where do ideas come from? Sometimes from need… sometimes from inspirational moments, or a stroke of genius. Or, sometimes, it is the normal development of something already in use.
The point is… what ideas do you have that may be useful in the world, that are still waiting for you to do? There is something called the idea avalanche. It is the reality that some people get tons of ideas, and then get stuck as to what to do. And of course, the opposite is true, some people have few ideas, and so latch on to the one or two… and run with it. And of course, some people’s ideas get discovered after the person has died, and someone else implements their idea and makes millions.
Humans are a rare creation on this planet, in that we can have ideas at all. Perhaps the Divine has given this gift as an inspiration and challenge to us all. As so many in the world struggle, others are inspired with ideas that are designed to help. We are never without a way to make a way out of no way, no matter how dire our situations are.
Ideas are visions of what could be. They are the magic in the mind before we see it in the world. If you have seen any of your ideas brought into the world without you… do not be dismayed, depressed or tempted toward apathy or cynicism. Look at the ideas you still have… that you have not seen done… or not seen done like you see them. You still have the power within you to GO FOR IT.
Okay, so my exercise ideas have been marketed. Great. Sometimes things show up when we least expect it, to give us a boost… a wake up call… and a challenge, to keep going, until one of our brilliant ideas gets out there.
So, come on idea people… get that business plan going and manifest that unique thing… before someone else does. Or, you’ll be left writing an article… like this one.
May you have… Power For Life, Now!