On a Scrabble® board it amounts to 13 points. In the game of life, its value is incalculable. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Let’s start at the beginning. What started as a post to spotlight recent activities on the local entrepreneur scene became much more. After reviewing highlights, it seemed necessary to share Maestro’s take on the value of the entrepreneurial employee. And after having said that, we wanted to explain how Maestro is closing the loop by finding a way to let Maestro Fuel Projects peacefully coexist with client work. That brings us to this fourth installment, the end.
Or is it the beginning? You see, this post is about results. It makes sense to close a discussion of any effort by focusing on results, right? The time-honored pattern for a case history, for example, goes something like this: This was problem. This is what we did about it. This is what happened. Is this little detour into entrepreneurism any different? We think so.
We all know that there are countless good ideas that never see the light of day. Endless efforts to make things better that don’t bear fruit. More often than not, we link success with dollars. How much did we save? How much did we make? What’s it worth? While it may be the right yardstick for a good many projects, we’re not convinced that it is a good measure for the contributions of entrepreneurs.
When all is said and done, it seems almost crass to try to monetize the fruits of the spirit. Entrepreneurs give us much more than earning potential. How can you translate inspiration into dollars and cents? How about fulfillment? Selflessness? Sacrifice? Insight? Ingenuity? Innovation? Creativity?
We believe each of these is its own treasure. Each has a value in and of itself. And none of them has anything to do with money. We are thankful for entrepreneurs whose currency is ideas. Win or lose, commercial success or no, the contributions entrepreneurs make are about the human spirit, the universal heartbeat of humankind and the audacity to believe that there will always, always, be a better way, a brighter day.
So the next time you see, hear, touch or smell an idea, think about what it’s worth to you. Then give thanks for the priceless mind that conceived it.