When Columbus discovered the Americas, there were already 10 million people living there. His “discovery,” which was important to the Europeans and is celebrated as a holiday, really wasn’t a discovery at all. It FELT like a discovery, but the reality is that many people already knew about the New World and were enjoying the benefits. Maybe we should give more props to the Vikings, who most likely came over centuries earlier, as well as Native Americans.
When you write your business plan, it’s important to remember that there have been many to go before you. Your amazing idea probably isn’t unique. You may be tweaking, improving or moving forward, but you’re doing so because others have already done it.
When you begin your new church, you must realize that there were pioneers that paved the way, not only in your industry, but also in your community. You stand on the shoulders of people who had a different perspective, but the same mission.
When you launch that new idea, remember that horrible ideas you’re responding to were once someone’s groundbreaking ideas.
You probably were not the first, and you definitely won’t be the last.