In 1886 John Pemberton created a drink and found that it was medicinal, delicious and refreshing. In his first year of marketing this drink, he and his partners made only $50. Unfortunately, Pemberton became ill and did not live to see the success of his product.  Asa Candler, a drug clerk purchased the total interest for this product for $2300 from Pemberton.

A new idea had been born and from it came the birth of one of the largest multinational corporations in the world today. This corporation today is responsible for generating thousands of jobs directly and indirectly through its operations, which relies heavily on sugar cane and its by-products - thereby supporting thousands of sugarcane farmers the world over. The company’s flagship product (the original formula invented by John Pemberton) has penetrated the nook and cranny of every continent and is considered to be the world most famous product.

The name of this product is none other than Coca Cola, derived from the two main extracts in its ingredients - Kola and Coca and thus providing the trade mark name for the product, "Coca Cola" (Coke).

This is the magic of the golden seed for success called, "idea". It only takes one God inspired idea to turn your dream in to reality. The problem has never been that of money, it is most often an ‘idea’ problem. There is nothing that places demand on a man’s potentials and innate abilities like ideas. Lack of it is what brings a man into mediocrity and helplessness.

The lack of ambition is also one of the surest ways of destroying the seed of an idea that may have been planted on our minds. The world today is full of leaders who took a step forward in pursing an idea into reality. The sad thing though is that a majority of people would prefer to sit back and do nothing, and thus an idea which could have been a blessing to a generation dies un-pursued. My friend, I hope you will not lament when a few down the road someone else with the same idea turns it into a successful initiative. ‘If I had known’, indeed, ‘if I had known! But alas, regret always comes too late!

The next question therefore should be, as a child of God, how do I make use of some of these bright ideas which the Lord places on my mind? Remember the story in the bible about the servants who received several talents from their master. God gives us the ideas, but He leaves us with the choice of whether we will put them to use or not. What have you done with the ideas God has given you? It may very well be the answer to all your praying and fasting. Are you a talented singer, writer, designer, communicator, artist etc? Talent alone is not enough to get you to the top. Talent plus one God inspired idea is the winning combination that will take you to the top and bring about that desired breakthrough.

Determine today to start setting aside feelings of frustration, depression or even idleness and set your mind on working on that idea until it bears fruit. Become passionate about that dream.  As you sip the contents of that Coca Cola bottle, remember that what you are holding in your hand is the product of one man’s dream, a determination to pursue an idea relentlessly until it bore fruit. Mr. Pemberton did not give up, neither should you!

8 things You Must Not Do With Ideas.

  1. Don’t throw away an idea because there is no immediate profit. Remember, the first profit made from Coca Cola was only $50 a year.
  2. Don’t throw away an idea because it has a sacrificial price tag attached to it. Nelson Mandela spent 28 years in prison to give South Africans the freedom they enjoy today.
  3. Don’t throw away an idea because of past failures. Remember, Frank Woolworth, who after failing in a number of business ventures, opened the specialty store for the sale of items priced at no more than 10 cents. Today we have Woolworth stores all over the world and in South Africa. This is the fruit of a man who refused to give up on an idea.
  4. Don’t throw away an idea because you lack formal education. Remember how it is said of Thomas Edison the inventor of electric bulb, that he had only three months of formal education during his lifetime.
  5. Don’t throw away an idea because it looks impossible. Remember the Wright Brothers - inventors of the aeroplane. They were told that it was impossible to fly a machine.
  6. Don’t throw away an idea simply because you do not have money.  George Johnson was a poor African-American boy who started out as a shoe shiner. He later on became the founder of the Johnson Products Company, a company that caters for the cosmetic needs of people of colour. A lot of women all over the world today use the Ultra Sheen hair relaxer, a product of Johnson’s company.
  7. Don’t throw away an idea because nobody supports you. Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing. When she started out, her father and mother opposed her idea of becoming a nurse because they considered such a profession to be well beneath their status.
  8. Don’t give up an idea because you are handicapped. Fanny Crosby, the composer of the popular hymn, "Blessed Assurance" was a blind woman. As it is commonly said, ability is not in disability.

6 Tips - Turning your idea into success

  1. Don’t procrastinate.
  2. Don’t wait for an inspiration to start. Use your head and your heart will follow.
  3. Don’t wait for perfect conditions before starting.
  4. Don’t entertain thoughts of failure.
  5. Do a thorough analysis and feasibility study on the idea.
  6. Start from where you are and with what you have.

Tapping in to Your Ideas Bank

5 Helpful Scriptures

  1. For I wisdom dwell with the prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. Proverbs 8:12.
  2. It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2.
  3. The counsel in the heart of man is like deep waters; but a man of understanding will draw it out. Proverbs 20:5.
  4. Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel 2:19.
  5. But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him; But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 1 Corinthian 2: 9-10.


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