Ideas are Worthless

October 25, 2014
Mike Dolpies

Ideas are Worthless.

“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat eight.”

-Yogi Berra

I love that quote!

A little context here.

On a couple of occasions I have taught new and aspiring authors about the book writing and publishing world.

Since 2009 I have written six different books so I know a few things about it.

We always come to the part about editing. We also talk about how to get help from more experienced writers because writing can be tough.

That always leads to one or two people wondering…

“But if my book is not done and I give it to someone else – can’t they steal my work?”

The short answer is Yes and No.

Yes they could and no they can’t. No means you can protect your ideas from theft.

Yes means – that if someone really wants to take an idea they could.

Almost reminds you of the movie about Facebook. And those “well-to-do” Harvard twins who accused “Zuck” of taking their idea. Maybe… but we’ll never know.

As Seinfeld fans… remember…  Mr. Lippman, one of Elaine’s bosses, who stole her “Top of the Muffin” idea noted, “All these ideas are floating around.” Elaine never took action!

Back to the book writing. My answer was always…”Protect yourself but don’t worry about it. Get the book done and be honored if someone tries to steal it.”

I have also been there on numerous occasions where I was “privy” to insider business information and was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement. “Sure thing.”

Most of the time I came to realize having me sign the document was more for show.

Fact is – ideas are pretty much worthless until acted on.

Sure… an Entrepreneur can be a problem solver – but he/she must also be an action taker!

Go forth this week and take some action.

Make something happen.

And speaking of books…

I have two that might interest you on this subject…

On Kindle, In Paperback or… Audio…

Motion Before Motivation, The Success Secret That Never Fails…


On Kindle and In Paperback…

Aint No Success Secrets, 47 Real-World Prosperity Principles Hidden in Plain Sight 




About the author

Mike Dolpies Mike Dolpies (aka Mike D.) owns “Ocean View Publishing, LLC” - a diverse media/Internet Marketing and Consulting Company. He started his first business when he was just 18 years old. By the time he was 23 that business had generated well over a Million Dollars in sales and was consistently in the top 20% of its industry. He's the Author of 6 different books. His first book, “Motion Before Motivation, The Success Secret That Never Fails,” became a bestseller on He's been a guest on the Fox Morning News several times and has been written about in many newspapers. His work has also appeared on and Fox