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Who Wants That?



Share This article Thomas Edison once said, “I only want to invent things that sell.” This is an important principle to understand if you are getting a degree, looking for a job, starting a business, or inventing a product.

Did you know that 98 percent of all patented inventions never make enough money to recover the expenses of getting a patent? The inventor was deluded into thinking that if he/she could get a patent, surely someone would want to buy the product.

In the same way I see:

  • College students expecting to be highly compensated for having studied obscure areas of knowledge
  • Job-seekers who are unclear about their focus or areas of competence
  • People starting a business before doing market research
  • Inventors wasting time and money patenting automatic pet petters, finger toothbrushes, and beerbrellas. Yes, these are real patents

If you have something to sell – your services, your products – be sure you can describe those in a way that matches something people want. Describe yourself as the new iPhone, and you’ll have people standing in line who want you to work for them, sell to them, or develop another product for them.

48 Days to the Work You Love

Yes, You Can Work From Home

I am probably asked 10 times a week if there really are ways to create income from home. And the answer is absolutely “Yes.” Is it easy? Does someone knock at your door and give you a great opportunity? Are all of the opportunities you see really legitimate? And the answer to those is a big “No.” But that’s where you start.

Yes, there really are jobs you can do from home.
Check out for hundreds of telecommuting jobs. Links you to lots of possibilities.

Others are:

These all appear to be charging for information. Use discretion. You will find opportunities for artists, desktop publishers, photographers, salespeople, writers, engineers, programmers, data entry, and many other skills. As with any opportunity, check each possibility out thoroughly. You can also post your skills at

I also recommend you check out Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate on Jobs You Can Work From Home.

Some other sites for unusual work:

The Employment Guide’s listing of work-at-home opportunities – 85,080 Hi-tech jobs when I last checked –15,471 banking related jobs – cop jobs

There are real opportunities within these. Just be aware they may look different and may compensate differently, but they are the coming trend. P.S.: Unfortunately, the Internet is still very volatile. These sites come and go daily. Do some searching on your own and I’ll keep you informed of new ones.

What Would You Do With a Second Chance?

Here’s another great article by my radio co-host, Tim Knox. Here Tim asks the question What would you do with a second chance? Could you avoid the mistakes you made the first time around?

Tim lays out the emotions that can come from unexpected downturns but also reminds us that “disaster gives rise to opportunity.”

Read Tim's Second Chance


Humor: I Thought I Was Ready!

Make sure you practice your presentation. Don't be like the nervous bank robber. He thought he had practiced enough. He held a gun in one hand and a brown bag in the other. When he got up to the teller window, he handed the gun to the teller and yelled, "Don't stick with me, this is a mess up!"

Jeff Cluxton's Insurance Professionals Newsletter

Get Off That Dead Horse

The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. In modern corporate America and government, however, a whole range of far more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

  • Buying a stronger whip
  • Threatening the horse with termination
  • Appointing a committee to study the horse
  • Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included
  • Reclassifying the dead horse as "living impaired"
  • Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse
  • Harnessing several dead horses together to increase the speed
  • Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse's performance
  • Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance
  • Rewriting the minimum performance requirements for all horses.
  • Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position

Recognize that companies and ideas often have a life cycle. If you are riding a dead horse, it may be time to dismount. Look for new trends and ideas. "See" changing work models and new opportunities. Bury that old horse and move on – a thoroughbred may be waiting for you!

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