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The Power of Ideas: 25 Quotes to Inspire You

 

theIf you’ve ever had an idea to elude you, join the club.  The most common problem for serial idea generators is either not writing down the idea or not acting on a written idea. Which person are you?

I used to vacillate between the two, but consistently write down ideas now.  I also recognize that it’s never to late to get into the habit of jotting down your ideas for future recall, so to help inspire you, following are 25 quotes extolling the”Power of Ideas.”  Feel free to share which one is your favorites or pass along a favorite “Idea” quote in the comments below.

  1. “If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.” – Thomas Mann

  2. “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

  3. “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” – Mary Kay Ash

  4. “If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.” – Rollo May

  5. “An idea is salvation by imagination.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

  6. “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Buddha

  7. “All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.” – Napoleon Hill

  8. “The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out.”  – Dee Hock

  9. “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iacocca

  10. “Every really new idea looks crazy at first.” – Alfred North Whitehead

  11. “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

  12. “Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.” – Ken Hakuta

  13. “You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.” – Medgar Evers

  14. “The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time.”   – Henry Ford

  15. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.”  – Swami Vivekananda

  16. “The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.” – Linus Pauling

  17. “My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.”  – Anais Nin

  18. “I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.” – Pablo Picasso

  19. “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”  – Eleanor Roosevelt

  20. “A half-baked idea is okay as long as it’s in the oven.”  – Author Unknown

  21. “If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.” – Alfred Noble

  22. “My mind contains many good ideas, but it’s not always easy to squeeze one out.”  – Ashleigh Brilliant

  23.  “A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.” – Marilyn vos Savant

  24. “It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.”  – Charles Peguy

  25. “Creative thinking inspires ideas.  Ideas inspire change.”  – Barbara Januskiewicz

 

The Power of the Pitch

Image from Black Enterprise Magazine

Image from Black Enterprise Magazine

The elevator pitch remains relevant. If you are aren’t familiar with it, the elevator pitch is a 30 to 60-second summary of your business, product or message. The premise being that you should be able to describe value to someone in less time than an elevator ride. If they are interested, the conversation may extend beyond that elevator ride. Meaning, the elevator pitch needs to be tight and on point to hit the key elements of your message.

The elevator pitch is also helpful in summarizing your business goals and objectives. In the fast-paced, changing world of social media, a lot of information moves along a continuum, and people need to quickly know the value of the information and what’s in it for them. An elevator pitch is especially useful for meeting people at networking events and business conferences, and is most effective when prepared and practiced in advance.

And while you’re practicing, here’s a great opportunity. For the past 20 years, Black Enterprise Magazine has been sponsoring its annual Entrepreneur’s Summit and one of the highlights is the elevator pitch competition in which $10,000 is awarded to the winning pitch to help build and grow a winning business idea, along with mentorship. The pitch competition is now accepting two to three minute entries through Friday, April 17. Finalists will be invited to participate in a live pitch during the May 2015 Entrepreneur’s Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. For more details, visit here.

Staff at Own Your Idea, LLC have had an opportunity to attend one of Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneur Summit and previewed the pitch competition and can say it is a fun, engaging and educational event.  If your business needs that edge and ready to go to another level, consider entering the pitch competition, if nothing else but for the experience to perfect your elevator pitch.

4 Value-Added Reasons to Have a Blog

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Are you looking for a way to promote your brand, business or product?  Don’t overlook the value of blogging.  I’m sure as an entrepreneur or small business owner, you are asking “why a blog?” and “who has time to write!”

First, here are a few blogs for you to preview so you can see and understand what I mean:

 

http://marshawnevans.com/blog (promotes personal branding and coaching tips and tools)
http://www.problogger.net/blog (promotes blogging tools and tips)
http://joelcomm.com/blog (shares online and social media tips and tools)

Not convinced yet, well here are 4 value-added reasons you should consider a blog if your goal is to increase your online presence, sell a service or product, or promote your brand:

  1. Easy to get started and update
  2. Liked by the search engines
  3. Automatically creates feeds
  4. Interactive and conversational

In case you were wondering, the term “blog” is short for web log and can be described as an online diary where entrepreneurs can talk about their company, products, and business goals.  It can also be used to share information about industry-related news.  (NOTE:  I will describe and discuss in a later post the value of “microblogging” and “vblogging” and the difference from a regular blog site.)

Blog Creation and Maintenance

Yes, a blog IS a website but it is much easier to create, navigate, and maintain.  You just type your message in (or cut and paste from your Word document), preview, and publish. There is also a feature to upload images, which really adds value to your blog posts.  It really is that simple.  Now, if you are writer you can just type into the post feature which will save you time. However, my suggestion is to write out the article in Word (so you can cut and paste) OR hire someone to write articles, especially industry related information.  As a matter of fact, they don’t have to be long posts but small junks of information so you are not overwhelming your visitors.

If you are a newbie, starting a blog is easy.  For example, Blogger and Word Press both can be started by creating an account and selecting a few choices. Once you become comfortable with your blog and began experimenting (because you will), you will be able to add custom features, such as hosting your blog on your own domain.

Search engine compatibility

Search engines like blogs because they are generally updated regularly and have fresher content. The search engines also like the RSS feeds from blogs. Properly used, feeds can allow you to generate links from other authoritative sites such as Technorati, Feedburner, and others. These high PR sites create backlinks to your site which will make the search engines rate you higher. People can easily subscribe to your feed and know when you have updated your site through various RSS readers.

Community Building

If you are interested in building a community, one of the best advantages of a blog is it encourages dialogue and conversation. I personally use WordPress hosted by
GoDaddy and this platform allows  readers to comment directly on what ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????you have written, as well as like and share your information.

Now, the good thing about this is that get additional updated content (which the search engines like) and you get direct feedback on your content. Let’s see, which are you more likely to do? Click a comment link and leave your input on a blog or try and find a way to contact the average webmaster. Even if you do it is usually through a form or email that does not increase the content of the site.

So you’re still not sure about a blog, huh?  You are probably thinking you don’t have time to write articles or log on and post them.  Well, that’s were companies like Own Your Idea and Content Divas can help you in creating quality content that engages your readers.  But first, you have to see the value of having a blog to promote your business, brand, or product.  Me personally, I believe in blogging as another tool to help get you where you want to go, blogging definitely gets my vote. But I want to know your thoughts, or if you have a blog site that you want to share, please include in the comment section below.