The basic principle of turning ideas into big money is to seize every money-building idea and work with it until the idea fits your purpose, decide on the steps needed to make it work, and then proceed to do it as soon as possible.
My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success. They imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren’t rich, because in a generous America you don’t have to be rich to achieve your potential.
We have profoundly forgotten everywhere that Cash-payment is not the sole relation of human beings.
~Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present (1843)