Sometimes one idea can have the power to change your life–if you let it. Back in 1981, I was almost destitute – unemployed, a single parent and very worried about how I was going to feed myself and my 8 year old son. I still had dreams and goals but they were seemed like distant fairytales.
Since childhood, I had wanted to be a writer and I decided to enter a writing competition sponsored by a national magazine. The entry had to be typed but I didn’t have a typewriter. So I took the leap of faith and rented one for the princely cost of $15 and entered the competition. I didn’t win the competition, but I gained so much more.
You see, after entering the contest, I started to regret paying the $15 for the typewriter. But I’m never short of ideas and this time I had a life-changing one!
I thought perhaps I could type papers for students and make back my $15. At the time, student typing was a big opportunity and it paid $1 a page. I wasn’t a very good typist but I figured I could type 15 pages to make back my investment. I put a sign up at the university and got a bite. I spent the next weekend huddled over my coffee table, typing a 70 page forestry paper. It literally took all weekend. Luckily there was a snowstorm and I had nowhere else to go.
When I got that $70 in payment I was ecstatic! I saw potential! That one idea turned into little home-based business that supported myself and my son for years. It led to a resume writing sideline, a career coaching business, speaking engagements, workshop contracts, and eventually grew into a business that had $500,000 in contracts in one year and employed 12 people.
So the next time you have an idea – even if it seems outlandish or far-fetched, don’t dismiss it out of hand. At least give it some thought and explore its potential. You never know when one little idea might be the one to change your life.