Build A Better Mousetrap
It was to help nurses who need to take blood from patients who may have HIV.
The device made it much safer, and all the nurses and blood techs the inventor talked to LOVED the idea.
The problem came with getting it past hospital administrators, who it turned out had secret deals with insurance companies.
The inventor himself was infected, as he was an intravenous drug user.
There was one scene where he was talking to one of the lawyers for the hospital, and he was trying to explain to the lawyer that he felt compelled to see this project through.
It was his personal vision. His life’s purpose. He said he had a great plan for his life.
The lawyer, trying to dissuade him, said “Feeling you have a great purpose is the most common feelings there is.”
Meaning his point was that EVERYBODY feels like they have some kind of “great idea” that they NEED to get out there.
And he’s right.
The problem is that most people do nothing about it.
Most people sit around and wait for the super important people to come knocking at their door and ask them what their great idea is, and then come back a couple months later with a sack of money.
You’ve likely heard the old saying, “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.”
Meaning if you come up with a great invention, people will recognize you for it.
But many people misunderstand this to mean “think of a great idea and people will beat a path to your door.”
However, you need to BUILD a better mousetrap. You need to take your idea, and turn it into something tangible.
Like the hero of the movie did before he died.
He didn’t sit around and wait to be discovered. He built his idea and went out into the world and FOUGHT against great adversaries to get it accepted.
He didn’t complain that “the system” was against him.
He didn’t wish it was easier.
He just got it done.
Having a great idea is just the start. You need to take that idea and turn it into something. Then you need to take that “something” (skills, products, whatever) and get it out there. Get it in front of people.
Sure, this isn’t easy. Often times it’s VERY difficult, and will take a LIFETIME.
But if you get started, and never stop, you WILL change the world.