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Q&A: Can I monetize my ideas without actually running the business?

Can you focus entirely on idea generation and let someone else do all the work? Today’s caller wants to know if this is a “totally crazy” approach…

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What It's About

Is it possible to get paid for your ideas?

Notes from Chris

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The two phases of starting any project are ideas and execution. They’re both important, and they’re both essential.

But what if you’re better at having ideas than executing? What if you really only like the first phase—can you focus entirely on idea generation and leave it to someone else to do all the work?

That’s what today’s listener is wondering about. I have some tough love in this answer … but also some advice if you relate to the question.

"I have a lot of ideas that I think are highly valuable … but I’ve learned that I’m not the best at making them happen. I want to sell the ideas themselves, along with my notes on what I think the person needs to do to make them successful. Is this crazy? How would I go about doing it?"

Listen to today's episode to learn more...


Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,


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