Summary: Lydia – A Worshipper of God - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(1). The work of providence in her conversion (vs 6-10).
(2). The work of Paul in her conversion (vs 12-13).
(3). The work of Lydia herself in her conversion (vs 14a).
(4). The work of God in her conversion (vs 14b-15a).
• I guess you have all seen the BBC programme ‘Dragons’ Den’;
• Would be entrepreneurs get to showcase their business ideas;
• A panel of successful business leaders judge the ideas;
• And they get to invest their own money in the hope of securing an investment.
• Many participants emerge as public laughing stocks with egg on their faces,
• As James Seddon found with his electric egg boiler, which failed to boil anything.
• For others, however,
• It can be can be a life changing experience.
Looking beyond the programme and down through history - here are a few inventions/inventors who at first were rejected:
(1). Clarence Darrow & Monopoly.
• THE boss of American toy giant Parker Bros was not impressed;
• When the inventor of Monopoly tried to sell him his new idea in the Thirties.
• He claimed the game had "52 fundamental playing errors" which made it unplayable.
• Undeterred, Clarence Darrow, an unemployed Philadelphia heating engineer;
• Who had devised the game, went into production himself.
• As a result, Parker Bros was forced to spend a fortune buying back the idea.
(2). Bill Gates's & Microsoft Windows software,
• In 1985 Bill Gates's Microsoft launched Windows software,
• while already providing computer giant IBM with a similar system called MS-DOS.
• Gates asked IBM to endorse Windows, but it refused, unwilling to share profits with Gates.
• Without IBM's massive backing,
• Microsoft was forced to sell Windows separately on the retail market;
• Other computer firms, from Compaq to Xerox, capitalised by endorsing the product.
(3). James Dyson & his bag-less vacuum cleaner.
• James Dyson struggled for years;
• Trying to convince people there was a better way of cleaning carpets,
• But he couldn't find anyone prepared to build his bag-less vacuum cleaner.
• He re-mortgaged his house and, almost bankrupting himself,
• Finally perfected his revolutionary machine after five years of trial and tribulation.
• Now the Dyson cleaner out-sells its nearest rivals by more than two to one,
• His personal wealth is estimated at more than £122million.
(4). Walt Disney & Disney World
• Walt Disney is the businessman behind the very successful theme park;
• “Walt Disney World“.
• Walt Disney was once fired by a newspaper editor;
• For not having good ideas and no imagination.
• Disney World is currently valued at $35 Billion dollars.
(5). Colonel Sanders & KFC “Kentucky Fried Chicken”.
• Colonel Harland Sanders;
• Is the entrepreneur who founded KFC “Kentucky Fried Chicken”;
• When he was 56 years old.