Inspiration For You
by Randy Mitchell
With one click of a computer’s mouse, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg became one of the richest people in the world, if not in history when the company he founded became public last week. And as most know, Facebook was created among the confines of a Harvard dorm room utilizing nothing more but an ingenious idea, entrepreneurial drive to succeed, and discovery of a golden niche revealing the thirsty desire people have to connect and share their lives with others. The young Grandfather of social media is definitely the wonder boy of new-age business, probably carrying both the admiration and jealousy of business people everywhere. But here’s the thing, Facebook, in my opinion, represents what can be done when ingenuity, creativity, drive, and business freedom all come into play. Now, here’s my question: How successful do you think Facebook would’ve become, especially during its short timeline, if it was a government run program? Do you think it would be worth, billions? Hmm, I’m guessing you’ve already mentally voted and overwhelmingly stated it would be a budget-busting, heavily regulated, years-behind-schedule idea still being discussed among the lengthy hallways of Washington. And its net worth right now? More than likely it’d be nothing more than red ink spilt over endless thick booklets of bureaucratic rules dreamed up by career politicians all fighting over their piece of allocated taxpayer’s dollars. It would run years behind schedule, be stalled among long-winded regulatory boards, and probably employ hundreds of unnecessary government workers all busily writing algorithms favoring the acquisition of user’s personal information. In other words, it would be a pro big government, horribly inefficient, socialistic nightmare. And I don’t know about you, but if Facebook was government run, I’d be the last person who’d want to log on and feed my personal thoughts to a hungry, information-gathering program. Although we all realize big brother is probably keeping an eye on things anyway.
I’m a huge believer in entrepreneurship, creating something from nothing, small government, and financial accountability. And why so many favor making government bigger escapes my way of thinking. But, it all goes back to the tired old theory that government has a duty to fully support its citizens financially and take care of your every need, therefore discouraging innovation, ingenuity, inventiveness, and a desire to personally succeed. Well, all I can say in the words of Dr. Phil and observing the results of big government in action is, “How’s that working?”
When I was in my very early twenties I quit college to start my own business. It was a carpet cleaning start-up beginning with nothing more than an idea, a wooden trailer, some flimsy equipment, and flyers which I delivered on foot to the houses in my neighborhood. I paid for all of this with a loan from the local bank my parents co-signed. At first, as you can imagine, things were slow. I’d get a job here and there but I kept going, eventually trying my luck with commercial buildings and restaurants. As things picked up more equipment came, longer hours, more sweat, and the hiring of a few employees. At the age of 25 I was making more money than those twice my age. After a while I sold the business, finished college, and went on to do other things, but look back upon those days as some of the best in my life. I had the freedom to work for myself, had no limits except for those self-imposed, and saw the future as limitless. My point: I did that with nothing more than an idea, a small loan, desire, and NO help from the government. Many thought I was crazy to leave college and strike out on my own, but it was an amazing experience and taught me the value of entrepreneurship, hard work, and willingness to thrive. And for me, it goes along with what our founding fathers wanted for our God-fearing nation: The freedom to succeed on our own!
It’s very rare that a company like Facebook streaks across our business landscape. Apple Computer, Microsoft, and all the other mega-successful companies mostly started with nothing more than an idea scratched on a piece of paper. And for a guy the age of Mark Zuckerberg to be worth tens of billions really boggles the mind. But, for those who look at him and those like him as lucky, an enemy to the occupy nation demonstrators, a threat to anti-Capitalism, I say this, “I’ll just bet you wouldn’t mind changing places with him for a day. To have his financial freedom, creative mind, toys, and status in the business world. To run your life on your own terms, have the financial ability to be a lender and not a borrower, help others, and never be forced to depend on government to supply your needs.
I wonder if Mr. Zuckerberg ever called the White House or any other government agency for advice while starting Facebook? I think I’ll let you answer that one.
Thanks for listening…
To see more of Randy Mitchell's writing, visit his website @ www.theinspirationalwriter.com
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Inspirational Writer and Author of
"Sons In The Clouds"
As a writer and avid movie fan, I love the powerful energy behind words. Words capture and cling to people in a dramatic, poignant way - and live deep inside us all. It doesn't matter if those words are written or spoken; all of us have tales yearning to be shared with each other.
A few years ago, I drove past my childhood home in Texas: a nostalgic place where tender childhood memories still reside deep inside me. I remember those hot Texas summer nights hanging out with my sister, friends, spirited pets and my girlfriend who lived across the street. This happy snapshot transported me back in time to endless, steamy nights as we watched July 4th fireworks, ate homemade ice cream on the front porch, and cooled off at the local lake.
My childhood feels like it happened just yesterday -- innocent moments taken from my carefree youth. These memories comforted me and carried me to a place where I longed to stay – a peaceful haven where I could escape my hectic ‘adult’ life. These idyllic, cherished memories were the inspiration for my first novel, "Sons In The Clouds". My long-time career as a pilot and love of aviation are seen through my main characters, Andy and Wade, who serve as Navy pilots in the Vietnam War.
"Sons In The Clouds" exposes emotional drama that showcases the vulnerable fragility of human nature. The belief in God serves as the problem-solver -- a pathway to the truth -- a light to be used when the problems of man cannot be solved, and becomes a way to expose weaknesses in those appearing to be strong. I breathe life into my characters in believable, exceptionally REAL ways. A strong theme interwoven throughout the pages is that “love conquers all” – as seen through the unfaltering, devoted commitment between my male characters and the women they leave behind.
My female characters show courage and strength in the face of adversity. Despite the fact that she doesn’t know whether her husband is alive or dead behind enemy lines, Rebecca (Andy’s wife) remains strong and never falters in her devotion to Andy.
Rebecca’s character represents war-time brides (both past and present). I wanted to show the strength, love and courage of these brave women whose loved ones were sent off to the Vietnam War. They faced harrowing fear on a daily basis, and relied on their faith and love to get them through their darkest days–- hoping and praying that their husbands returned home safely.
Most inspirational fiction readers today aren’t interested in G-rated books. "Sons In The Clouds" is a modern inspirational story that encompass spiritual themes where faith and love triumph over the brutal ugliness of war. My characters instill a hope-filled message to my readers long after the last page is read.
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