Thursday, February 05, 2015
Make It Happen
Swami Vivekanandi once said, ~Take up one idea. Makes that one idea your life-think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is the way great spiritual giants are produced.~ If you think about it, many of the greatest concepts ever created to the point where we as a society use and/or take part in were first formulated by a simple idea that was talked about. Essentially, it's a thought provoking and not to mention amazing situation indeed to know that one small spark of an idea can most definitely steamroll into something than can potentially be help mankind in the future. Without a doubt, there are plenty of thinking outside the box drawing board ideas that have turned into absolute reality whereby becoming truly beneficial to mankind. True, such things as cell phones, Ipads, mp3 players, snapchat, etc. are considered technological marvels that have changed/revolutionized not only the way we communicate and listen to music, but the way we also watch tv/movies as well. In any case, what I'm referring to are the concepts that help mankind in ways that it shines the light on purely genuine causes in which it provides you insight as to the who, what, where, when, why, and certainly how of the particular idea in question deemed seemingly important for the so called bigger picture regarding the future. As I said before, a simple idea can ultimately grow into something far greater than anyone can ever imagine. For instance, Locks Of Love first began in December of 1997 connected with a for-profit wig retailer only to break off completely being spear headed by Madonna Coffman. She developed alopecia in her 20's and her daughter would unfortunately inherit it so much so it causes her great hair loss. The fledgling organization would gain steam once Mrs. Coffman secured office space from a local hospital and locating a prosthetic manufacturer of the highest quality in order to utilize the donated hair that were stored in bins kept in her garage. Years later, the now non profit juggernaut receives countless donations from all 50 states and Canada with a determined goal in helping every financially disadvantaged child suffering from long-term hair loss. Let me ask you this question when it concerns someone you love/care about who has lost a limb, what do you think the average cost is to purchase a prosthetic limb? The answer is a staggering $60,000. Fortunately, Easton LaChappelle may very well have the solution of a cheaper, affordable and better costing prosthetic limb under $1000 and he was only 14 years old when he began the project. You see, it all stemmed from a conversation he had with a 7 year old girl at the fair and her prosthetic was pretty basic with the her hand having just the open-close option including one sensor. Now 19 years of age, LaChapelle runs his own robotics start up using 3D print technology developing an affordable and functional prosthetic arm/hand. LaChappelle's prototype costs $350 to produce and he announced last month that his design can be freely downloaded by anyone totally free of charge. In retrospect, there are so many people who have ideas who have ended up changing the world and all it took was talking about it. Of course, the conversation would lead to much bigger things in store. Hey, a co-worker of mine and I were discussing with so much money going to space age research to where living on another planet is a possibility why not colonize closer to home. To be more specific, living under the ocean because quite frankly we have yet to explore the vastness of the ocean that haven't been touched yet. Granted, there are logistics to deal with, being able to convert water into electricity, and not to mention dealing with claustrophobia; but it all boils down to the where there is a will there is a way mentality. In the end, to all those who have valid ideas that you think will help change the world in order to help mankind then by all means make it happen.