Small ideas that materialize are greater than big ideas that can’t—having big ideas is not enough

You’ve got a good idea? Then do something about it by taking action. Every great achievement and big job, whether it has to do with business, selling, science, sports, arts, military or government, requires the right attitude of people who can convert good ideas into reality: people who can get good things done, regardless of whether they are big or small.

Where is that person who believes they are a self-starter, and self-inspired? Who is that person that can take a step further and follow every detail through? Also, who is that person who is not only a talker, but can get results too?

The aim of these questions is only targeted at one thing: to think more about the type of person who is a perfect fit when it comes to materializing dreams or converting ideas into reality.

It is not enough to have big ideas without taking action to materialize them, especially when there are available resources that can help along the way. A small idea that is acted upon and developed is much better in terms of physical productivity and output than a big idea that cannot be materialized because it has been abandoned.

The great self-made merchant John Wanamaker was known to say this quite often: “Nothing comes merely by thinking about it”—meaning: nothing will materialize if you merely talk about it without taking actions.

But come to think of it: every man-made object or thing, from rockets to skyscrapers, to flyovers—etc., etc.—is just an idea that was acted upon until it materialized.

If we take a careful look at people, it can be observed that they fall into two broad categories—or probably more: the active and passive.

The definition of success or lack of success can be clearly understood by studying these two broad groups. The active person is a doer, takes action and gets things done. On the other hand, the passive person is somewhat a sleeper who doesn’t take action, ends up proving to themself why they can’t achieve anything, and postpones things until it’s too late to get anything done.

The difference between an active person and passive person

The difference between an active person and a passive person can be seen in many circumstances that occur in everyday life. An active person plans a vacation, and goes ahead to take it; a passive person plans for a vacation, but for no good reason postpones it until next year—or until forever.

An active person decides to attend church regularly, and does so without even missing a single service for as long as time could remember; on the other hand, a passive person decides to attend church regularly, but finds reasons and ways to postpone it.

Also, a passive person gets inspired to write consistently, and actually starts writing, only to find a good reason why the writing should be put off—actually, the writing never gets written.

Active people materialize their ideas, gain more faith, confidence, inner security and increased sense of self-reliance. On the other hand passive people don’t materialize their ideas, lose faith and confidence, and develop a habit of depending too much on other people.

Passive people can’t get things done, simply because they don’t want to act. It is true that everybody has the desire to be active and materialize ideas, whether they are big or small; but to do so requires action, not inaction or passiveness.

Don’t wait for everything to be 100% favorable before you take action

Many passive people end up going nowhere because they’ve been waiting for everything to be 100% (or even 1000%) favorable and perfect before taking action.

At this junction, it may be advisable to note that nothing man-made or designed, is, or can be absolutely perfect. Everything is being upped or updated on a daily basis. To wait for perfection in an imperfect world, means to wait forever.

Also, the strength of a real active person is not in their ability to eliminate all seen and unforeseen problems before they arise; rather, their strength lies in how they successfully handle seen and unforeseen difficulties whenever they arise.


There are some major thoughts that everybody has to always remember as long as they live in this world:

  • Obstacles and difficulties will come—expect them. Each one of life’s ventures has its own fair share of risks, problems and uncertainties that we have to get used to, or ready for.
  • Face problems and obstacles head-on, and in the same manner that they arise and come unannounced. The strength of a successful person does not rest on their ability to eliminate every problem before taking action; rather, it rests on their ability to look for solutions when they face problems and difficulties.
  • We have to make up our minds to do something about our interesting ideas that are alive, fascinating, and are destined to give us inner satisfaction, and even untold wealth.
  • We don’t have to allow an idea to die and be buried just because a tremendous amount of work might be required to materialize it. We don’t have to allow negative thinking convince us why our plans would or could fail.
  • Let’s not get it wrong: ideas are important; however, ideas have to be worked upon with more thinking and actions in order to materialize them. That idea you have will only be more valuable if it is acted upon.

Every day an uncountable number of people bury good ideas because they don’t take any/sufficient action on them; the worst thing is that later in life, the ghosts of such abandoned ideas come back to haunt and taunt the passive people who despised them.


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