I came across this great quote and concept recently that I have to share with you.

“If you have a penny and I have a penny and we exchange pennies, you still have one cent and I still have one cent. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange ideas, you now have two ideas and I now have two ideas.”

It’s such a simple idea but what a great one. If in the course of exchanging ideas you get even one good idea that benefits you then it would make the exchange worthwhile. That one idea that’ll help you on your path to success whether it be personal, community, business or otherwise.

I heard of a story of a man, who while attending a conference found he was interested in two workshops happening at the same time. He went and spent a half-hour in each one. His philosophy was if he could get one good idea from each workshop then he made back his investment. Now that’s a different way of looking at things. Some people might have probably found him to be rude by doing so but he fulfilled his purpose in attending the conference. He got at least two good ideas that would help him in some way.

Basically in today’s world you have to open yourself not only to new, good and/ or different ideas but to share them with others. This is a simple idea for making a successful strategy in whatever you want to do.

Networking with others can improve

your chances. Networking is when you usually have a pre-arranged meeting with others, a preparation or theme of ideas to be discussed. Networking always has some positive results; a connection is made with others and both sides can benefit by working together, or names are dropped as potential partners. Good ideas are supported and bad ideas dropped.

One example of this in the Cree communities is Chief Louise Wapachee’s idea of bringing all of Ouje-Bougoumou together to look at the future of their community. I believe Wapachee said they have built their community and now it was time to build the people.

I don’t think Ouje-Bougoumou will be doing a complete make-over of the community because they won’t be throwing out the best. The things that made them successful in the past will be kept and you may see some old ideas spruced up in creative efforts and enthusiasm that’ll result in a new achievement for the community.

In any case it will bring together a large number of people with ideas and itshould be interesting to see what results. I wish Chief Wapachee and her community thebest of success in their endeavours to improve the quality of life for everyone inOuje-Bougoumou. It just might be a good idea for the other Cree communities to checkout the results. After all, it is a lot more profitable than exchanging a few pennieshere and there.