LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE
Who wants to be a millionaire? Well, that’s a silly question. We all do. And fifty people in Sioux Falls put their feet on the path this past weekend.
The event I’m talking about was kind of like the Sioux Falls version of the popular TV show “Shark Tank”. Twenty pitches were made Friday, which were whittled down to six, and then by Sunday the surviving teams were ready to unveil Sioux Falls’ next big idea.
You can read all about it here: www.keloland.com/news/article/your-money-matters/sioux-falls-startup-more-than-a-weekend
Sometimes, the simplest idea is the one that wins. Consider inventor Thomas Edison, who brought us, among other things, the incandescent light.
He held 1,093 U.S. patents and 2,332 patents worldwide by the time he died in 1931. Among many quotes attributed to him, one stands out:
“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”
In other words, if you don’t use an idea, it’s just going to wither and die on the vine.
The concept of 811 was totally unknown in Edison’s time. Of course, there were a lot less buried facilities then, too – we have about 19 million miles of stuff underground now, according to the Common Ground Alliance.
If Edison was alive today, would he endorse the 811 system? Undoubtedly. It saves money, time and lives – but it’s also important to remember that the value of it lies in the using of it.
811 does no good if you don’t use it. It’s a free call and a free service to get those buried facilities located and marked before excavation. Whatever your excuse for not using 811 is totally invalid and unacceptable.
811 is a pretty simple idea with far-reaching consequences. Pull down on that chain and turn the light bulb on over your head!
It worked well for Thomas Edison – and it will work well for you, too!
Until next time, safe digging!