5.10.2009

The American Entrepreneurial Spirit ... and Sex Toys?

For the past little while, I've been mulling over the Barack Obama dildo. (You know you need a new hobby when ...) I'm obviously not personally interested—if they made a Mitt Romney version on the other hand, uh, of course I wouldn't buy one—but my entrepreneurial spirit is intrigued.

(As an aside, here is a little obligatory Rule 5 goodness. Mitt possibly suggesting how large his, er, version would be?)


Everyday, folks get a great idea, or in the case of the Barry O dildo a greatly disturbing idea, and run with it. So many times I've seen products and thought, "Huh, I so had that idea," or "I so wish I'd had that idea." Thankfully, neither of these crossed my mind when I ran across the presidential sex toy.

The difference between those who are capitalizing on their ideas and me (and probably you, too), is that they've been willing to take a risk and follow-through. And, sappy as it sounds, isn't that the heart of the American spirit, the backbone of our economy—to have the confidence and courage to pursue your dreams?

Ken over at Red Dot in a Red State has put his ideas into action and is selling some pretty cool conservative gear. You should visit him. While you're there, check out the t-shirt I just ordered, and pick one up for yourself.

People like Ken inspire me. I have a pretty awesome (I think) idea that may or may not involve Mitt Romney... I'd like to start the ball rolling on it while I'm unemployed/working with the inner city kids over the next six months, so if anyone has tips or inspiring stories about making the transition from great idea to great product, please share!

If you're one of those, like me, who's got a dream and is trying to figure out how to make it a reality, you might find these quotes as inspiring as I have over the years:

Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or idea, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk--and to act. -- Maxwell Maltz

The galleries are full of critics. They play no ball, they fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down in the arena are the doers. They make mistakes because they try many things. The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and the spirit of adventure. He is the one who never tries anything. His is the brake on the wheel of progress. And yet it cannot be truly said he makes no mistakes, because his biggest mistake is the very fact that he tries nothing, does nothing, except criticize those who do things. -- Gen. David M. Shoup

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success. -- John D. Rockefeller

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure thing boat never get far from the shore. -- Dale Carnegie

4 comments:

  1. And, sappy as it sounds, isn't that the heart of the American spirit, the backbone of our economy—to have the confidence and courage to pursue your dreams?You sound like a propositional nationalist, i.e., a Leftist.

    And one quotes quotations. One does not quotes quotes.

    Wow, this is an abusive comment!

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  2. Why can't I get my comment to format correctly? Harumph.

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  3. I've got you linked up in the best Mother's Day Rule 5 evah! "Rule 5 Rescue: Heidi Klum Mother's Day Action!".

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  4. My mom had an idea to make a coffee shop with a drive-thru. My Dad tried to talk her out of it and not even a month later, Starbucks has their's open. That was a bummer.

    Although, I can honestly say that I have never come up with an idea for sex toys. Especially those concerning Presidents. Imagine the one for McCain...it'd be like having your grandfather...well, nevermind. :)

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