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Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Scenes From a Starbucks Cup...
...I've just been running into great comment after great comment that's showing up on the Starbucks cups that I get with my tea. This one actually showed up on a latte cup a couple of weekends ago:

On the Battlefield of ideas, winning requires moving toward the sound of the guns.
~Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives~

How insightful and true that is. Taking a great idea and making into reality has always required us to employ risk in order to move forward. And what greater risk exists than that of a battlefield?

Think about it. There are people who have been told "it can't be done" and yet they went ahead and did it. Flying across the Atlantic solo, optimizing computers to the point where they are fitting in the palm of your hand (Crackberry, anyone?), walking on the moon - although that last one is up for debate if you listen to the conspiracy theorists.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. One sometimes has to defend an idea or prove it workable in order to gain acceptance. That's true in the start-up dot-com world or even to get someone to produce something en-mass that you've patented. Just because an idea exists doesn't mean that it is going to be revered by everyone as soon as it's conceived by someone. And while I agree with the thought and it makes me think about interesting things...

...there's really nothing else I want to say about it.