Today was a very good day. I shared an idea a few weeks ago, and it ended up being valuable enough that I got paid for it. I didn’t ask for anything in return for sharing it – but I am extremely happy with how I was treated, and how I was rewarded. I was surprised that the company paid me for it, since I offered it to them for free. My respect for them has increased dramatically as a result.
And no, I can’t tell you about the idea, or who bought it. I have a confidentiality agreement. But like most useful ideas it was a very, very simple one. I just knew who it would benefit, and I had the right contacts to get it noticed. The rest, as they say, is history.
It’s amazing how much of what I do in the open ends up in a cloak of secrecy and legalese before it is completed. But that’s the nature of business today, I guess.
But today is a bittersweet day – my son “left for college” (meaning he’s gone for two days, but is going to college locally, so he will be back Thursday.) Symbolically though one of my kids has left the nest.
Most of the parents took their children to the college and walked in with them. I didn’t. I drove up and dropped my son off. It’s time he that does things for himself. And I think the college probably sent all the parents home quickly anyway.
But it was hard to drive away and leave him standing there.