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Does Being Obsessive and Harassing Help You Succeed?

Postby Roger Brown » Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:05 am

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Are you one of those Inventors beating a dead horse that think that it has to be your way or the highway? Do you Rant and Rave about other Inventors to the company thinking this will make you look better to the company? Do you harass the company personnel constantly writing them, calling them, thinking you can wear them down to the point they will let you in just to shut you up?
Do you see conspiracy in every response the company sends you? Do you take criticism as a personal attack on you and generations of your family? Are you obsessed to the point it is your whole life and all you think about? Do you see other Inventors as competition you have to harass or fear? Do you see Inventors on forums as the enemy wanting to steal your ideas? Do you live and breathe your obsession 24 hours a day so deep that no one can get you to see the truth when it is right in front of you?

Well, let me ask “How is it working for you? Are you finding success?”

You may think what I wrote above is extreme and no one is like that. Unfortunately, there are many Inventors that fall into one or all of the above. Inventing can be an emotional minefield if you let it control you versus you controlling it. That is why I am constantly harping about not being married to your idea and treating inventing like a business. Try and make the best informed decisions after doing your research. Passion for what you are doing is great, but obsession over your idea never seems to end well.
Two years ago I had an Inventor that sent me a product sell sheet to review. They wanted me to help them get it to market and to invest in the idea. I gave them my opinion stating that it was not a great idea, because there were other solutions already on the market better than their idea. This person called me every day for three weeks trying to get me to change my mind as they repeatedly pushed the same reason it was a great idea and I was a fool for not investing in it. I told them every time that with better solutions on the market it was not an idea they should pursue. At the end of three weeks they said “Then I guess I will have to do this myself.”
18 months later I got a call from this same Inventor cussing me saying I did not try hard enough to get him to change his mind. He was $42,000 in debt and filing for bankruptcy. He was blaming all his misfortune on me, even though I had not had any contact with him for 18 months. His obsession and uninformed decisions caused his unfortunate situation, but he still couldn’t accept it was his own decisions that got him to this hard spot.
We have all seen people that have an obsession over a product, a person, a cause. Is their obsession really helping them or just causing more issues? I believe it was Albert Einstein that said the definition of insanity is : Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
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Re: Does Being Obsessive and Harassing Help You Succeed?

Postby ATtheLake » Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:09 pm

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Roger,

Fun post to read, as always good information.. I am sure dealing with that particular gentlemen for 3 weeks though was not pleasant

I think sometimes we all have to learn the hard way on certain things, the older I get personally, I always try to seek out the real answer or experience before I just jump in and make waste of my time and or money... 8)

Re: Does Being Obsessive and Harassing Help You Succeed?

Postby Roger Brown » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:29 am

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Unfortunately some Inventors just can't let go of their obsession and it drags them down.
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Re: Does Being Obsessive and Harassing Help You Succeed?

Postby ATtheLake » Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:23 pm

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"Are you one of those Inventors beating a dead horse that think that it has to be your way or the highway?"

Although I came up with one of my own qoutes a few years ago... I myself, have been know to "beat a dead horse and drag it 7 miles as well" with that being said my experiences have been limited to positive outcomes. A few times the tremendous belief that I had really paid off and at other times cost me more than I wanted to pay...

In life we all have to take our pick of decisions of what we choose to focus our time and emotions on. 8)

Re: Does Being Obsessive and Harassing Help You Succeed?

Postby Roger Brown » Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:17 am

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We have all seen some of the Inventors on the forums that rant and rave and make no sense other than to themselves. They constantly beat the same drum and no one really cares about what they are saying. No matter what you say to them they continue down the same road banners waving hoping to get others to join their parade.
This is the same attiutude that they use to approach companies and they are surprised when the company does not respond back to their senseless submissions and aggressive phone messages.
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Re: Does Being Obsessive and Harassing Help You Succeed?

Postby Roger Brown » Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:10 am

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Atthelake, I agree. Some Inventors spend so much time wasted on a project or obsession that only they care about they miss out on the success they may find elsewhere. They are so obsessed and paranoid they think everything said is about them.
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Re: Does Being Obsessive and Harassing Help You Succeed?

Postby Roger Brown » Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:06 am

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I had an Inventor contact me asking why a company sent their prototype back with a note saying " Enclosed is your prototype which we did not request and please do not contact us for future submissions". I asked the Inventor for more details of how they approached the company. After a couple of emails it became very clear why they received that note.
The Inventor found the company on the internet and had a prototype of their product they thought would be a perfect fit for this company. They tracked down the person to contact within the company. They never contacted the person first, but just went ahead and sent the prototype with a short letter. Even though they said the companies website stated they had a submission process you need to follow for submitting your ideas.
Then 4 days after they sent the prototype to the company the Inventor called the company that morning to speak to the person they mailed the package. They got that persons voicemail. Not hearing back within 2 hours they called again and left another voicemail. later that day they left another voicemail. The inventor stated they left 3 voicemails a day for a week with no response. Two days later is when they got their prototype back with the above note.

The Inventor is upset with the company for not accepting their idea and for tellingthem not to submit anything in the future. I tried explaining the companies position to the Inventor, but I feel they still don’t see any issue with what they did. Do you think they have a right to be mad? What would be your advice to them?
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Re: Does Being Obsessive and Harassing Help You Succeed?

Postby jackbnimble56 » Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:21 am

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Roger

My advice to that person would be simple:

LEARN FROM THE EXPERIENCE!!

Based on what you described it comes as no surprise that the company expressed no interest in the person's idea or prototype. In fact, I think he/she was LUCKY to get the prototype back! I don't think the company had any obligation to return it - at their expense yet! There was also no mention of an NDA being used before the prototype was sent. If that's true, the company would have been well within their rights to say: "Gee, that's a great idea. Thanks for GIVING it to us!"

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Re: Does Being Obsessive and Harassing Help You Succeed?

Postby Roger Brown » Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:48 am

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You are correct Jack. They did not have it patented, a PPA or an NDA signed prior to sending the prototype to the company. I try and do everything I can to minimize risks when submitting ideas to companies. But what they did was just foolish on their part.
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Re: Does Being Obsessive and Harassing Help You Succeed?

Postby Roger Brown » Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:02 pm

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It still amazes me how many Inventors can't take rejection. They can't fathom why a company would tell them No. If a company says No they take it as a personal attack.
Inventors have to learn that inventing is a business and they need to treat it like one. Everything you invent is not a million dollar idea. And you will have companies tell you NO even if your product is a good idea.
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