That's a nice bit of advice from a guy who ran a novelty sideshow. It's that "hair on fire" sort of urgency that creates the most amount of growth in ones life, cause if your hair is on fire you'll do what you need to to put it out. It's something that my parents instilled in me, a desire to get up and just get it done. To never be afraid of hard work, cause hard work is what men and women are made of. But to also know that we are known by what we do, that it's our body of works that define us. We may be known for being good at a number of things, but we are generally respected for the thing we focus on and hone. An artist is defined by the art they create, a hacker by they hacks performed, a carpenter by the woodwork he does. Speaking of carpenters.
For those of you who know me well, you'll know that I am the product of two parents who are ministers, but they've never taken a salary for their work in that, it's for their view of the betterment of society to give and in theory have it given back to them. No, they've opted to always work at a small business that they've ran together for the better part of 30 years. This was the environment that I grew up in, one of hopeful entrepreneurship.
It's a nice model to grow up in really, many say that entrepreneurs are delusional, and they are right. We must be. We must be deluded enough to get up every day and believe that the rest of the world is going to accept our version of reality and hopefully, adopt it as their own. That our gizmo is so amazing they are going to want one for themselves, that our app is so awesome clearly the populace is going to see it's value and part with their dollar. It's that unbridled delusional passion that keeps a person at this task, day in and day out.
But one of the recurring themes in all of this is that the person who is doing the big ideas also has to be great at communicating them. Being empathetic enough to the hearer so that they might also understand the value of the idea being conveyed. But also being bold enough to say, "Hey, this is great, you should have this in your life! Aren't you glad I told you about it!".
You've got to be your own pitchman (or woman), you have to be willing to tell random strangers about the good news you have to bring. That this idea is the best thing since sliced bread, that you have something that is worth having. Because a great idea is just that, an idea, but a great execution is the only thing that matters. Literally, the same fantastic ideas are had by disparate people all the time, and then it's effectively a race, a race to the execution. But to the entrepreneurs who keep their light under a bushel (about 32 liters for you europeans), guarded, kept secret, and slowly developed. Their idea once out of oxygen, burns out.
That's why if you have an idea that you want to spread like wildfire you better stoke the flame and work tirelessly collecting kindle till you've got something worth noticing. Yell it from the rooftops, be audacious, because you are your only mouthpiece at the start.