are ideas a dime a dozen, or is an idea worth a billion dollars? it is a question that I can only answer years after doing so much work, that the reality of an idea is that it is someone that actually does something with it, that should get the reward. what I am seeing far too much in the world is people all scurrying around with ideas, the vast majority unproven and/or not developed much beyond a thought – and they think this is worth gobs of money - and they don't have to do anything for it.
we do live in a country where copyright, trademark and patent laws were put in place to offer protection for someone that actually created or invented something. but once the internet came online, there seemed to be a dilution of meaning in the world between people honoring them, and some others, like patent trolls, simply using the law to be a sort of bank that prints money for themselves.
then there are folks with decent ideas and values, sort of like this teardown here with a prototype. people can talk and dream and say, “I want this!” yet, if they don’t put in one iota of effort or quit upon entering the first obstacle – that noble idea and dream will not grow. you might as well throw seeds in the ground and forget to add any water to them.
so that is the reality of ideas. and there are times in your life, you are led to go help someone for reasons you have no idea of “why?” other than you see them needing help. what it shows you is how little people seem to grasp getting an idea off the ground and the time and energy, workarounds and changes that actually happen through the process.
but you will only learn this by making mistakes, doing the work, and trying beyond uttering a few words. perhaps the process is exasperated by the western world’s desire for instant gratification?
what will most people do when the machines and robots will be doing much of the world for them? will people even think of ideas then?