Bob Williamson

Ping! I had an idea

by | 2 years ago | Guest Blog

Recently one of my sons sold his business. I asked him what he was going to do next and he told me he didn’t know. He added that he wished he could come up with a good idea. I’d been mulling around a thought for a business that I feel would have huge potential and a good payday. The idea continued to haunt me for a few days so finally I called him up and told him about it. I could feel his excitement over the phone and we decided we would take a deeper dive into it.

So how do people come up with ideas? I’ve come up with many in my lifetime and have invented several products that proved very successful. To me it comes naturally. I just see a need and start thinking of a way to solve the problem. Generally, if there is a real need for something, finding a solution to it will yield financial rewards.

To my son coming up with the idea is the difficult part. Taking the idea and making into a reality is easy for him and he likes operations a whole lot more than me. So, what is easy and fun for him, is difficult and not so fun to me and vice versa. One of my other sons is neither an idea man or an operations guru, he is however, a natural born salesman. He loves to meet people and has doesn’t have the slightest hesitation in striking up a conversation with virtually anyone. He could sell popsicles in Iceland. The ideal business would put this combo together with each doing their part. Spawn a creative idea, develop a product and sell it to the masses. All skills are required and are on an equal footing and all are directly necessary to have a vibrant business. It is rare indeed for someone to possess all those traits and even if they did, it would be difficult for one person to spend enough time working each area to maximize the potential therein.

The same is true of the body of Christ. Each member has been endowed with God-given talent in different areas.  The best results occur when people can come together and fulfill the need in their area. That is what unity of the church brings to the table. Unfortunately, human nature corrupts this plan in the church and in business. Invariably people seem to think that their God-given talent is not enough, and they want something else. They are jealous of someone who appears in the limelight and they want that position even though they don’t have that person’s God-given talent for it. This kind of stinking thinking leads to disaster if allowed to fester.

To me it is unimportant what role God allows me to play. I could be an usher at church or stand behind the pulpit. I could have the ideas, run the organization, or sell the products in a business without looking over the fence at an area in which is not best suited for me. In fact, I urge them on.


Because I want success more than personal edification. Think about this and act. Is the success of the kingdom the glorifying God your main goal, or is it your personal success and glorifying yourself that is the most meaningful to you? I pray that you view it as God’s church and not your own. Put aside personal ambition and remember that as a Christian you belong to Christ.

If your gift is prayer, then pray. If you are an excellent cook, then cook and provide food for the hungry. If you have a talent of making money and are rich, take care of the poor. If you can teach, then teach and so on. God made you the way you are to fulfill His purpose.

What is yours?

Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Renowned businessman and serial entrepreneur, Bob Williamson, has achieved national acclaim for his business acumen and philanthropic efforts. All told, Williamson has founded over 20 successful businesses. His largest business accomplishment to date was the establishment of one of the most successful food service technology companies in the United States, Horizon Software International; a company that he sold in 2008 for $75 million that revolutionized the institutionalized food service market with its innovative software. His last business venture was the development of $40 million Honey Lake Resort and Spa that was built on his 4800 acre quail hunting plantation near Tallahassee, Florida in 2010.


Renowned businessman, serial entrepreneur, and author, Bob Williamson, has achieved national acclaim for his business acumen and philanthropic efforts. All told, Williamson has founded over 20 successful businesses, including Horizon Software International; a company that he sold in 2008 for $75 million. What makes Williamson's accomplishments all the more inspiring is to understand the tremendous personal challenges that he overcame in his early life, detailed in his autobiography, Miracle on Luckie Street and in his success book, Crazy Like Foxes. He shares his inspirational true life story in an effort to provide hope to the hopeless and writes a daily devotional, Words for the Day. In 2012, God began revealing Himself to Bob with a series of revelations to enter the ministry on a full time basis, leading him to establish the Jesus Alliance.