- White Belt
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- Joined: Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:25 pm
I don't know why I haven't searched for an inventor website before, but I am glad I finally have and I am happy to have found this site.
Twelve years ago I got an idea for an automotive aftermarket product. I spent a few years refining prototypes and mulling over whether I had a viable product idea or not. The idea never went away and I decided it was time to get serious. I made the decision to go all the way with it. But I needed help.
So, I went to work for a very wealthy inventor/entrepreneur as his personal/corporate assistant. I learned an incredible amount while working for him but I kept my idea to myself for quite a while. I have a great amount of respect for him and I loved my job and I didn't want him to think that I was using him to get my idea to market. Finally, I showed him my invention. To say the least, he was very excited about it. He immediately got on the phone with his contacts in the automotive industries and asked them to meet in his office at 8 a.m. the next day. We met and they told my boss we had a winner and my boss gave the 'Go.'
That was five years and $600,000 ago. We had a website, CAD designer, manufacturer, mold maker, packaging and patent pending all within a year and a half. Then the problems started. Our product pushed the envelope on current manufacturing and material processes which caused delay after delay and on more than a few occasions, threatened the project altogether.
I (we) received the patent two years ago. People ask me all the time, "Aren't you excited?" I tell them I am but I'm really not. This has been an incredibly long and torturous process and has been extremely taxing on me mentally. From the day we received the 'Go' to this very day, I still have the occasional pain in my gut when I think that something is going to go wrong and that this time, it will be the end of it. I have been stressed out more and worked harder on this than anything I have ever done in my life. It has been no 'overnight success' for me. No 'walk into a company with an idea and walk out a millionaire.' I think people need to know what they are in for when the want to be an inventor. I don't think most people have the first clue. I know I didn't.
Now, enough with the whining. I AM a patented inventor, which is cool. And I DO have a product coming out in early 2010 which is incredible. I could potentially make more money from this product than I thought I would ever make in my life. But you know what I look forward to the most? I look forward to sitting back and basking in the pride I will have for myself that I truly deserve because I...NEVER...QUIT. NOT ONCE. I had an idea, I committed to it, I worked all the ass that I have on it and g-damn it, I GOT IT DONE!! For this one instance in my life, I am a winner. No one can ever take that away from me and that feels pretty good.
I am going to take the retail cost of my product, taxes included, and put it in an envelope in my glove box. The first time I see someone with my product in their vehicle I am going to walk over to them and hand them the envelope, tell them that I invented that product and thank them for purchasing it. THAT, is going to be a great day.