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I know that we are inventing because it is what we LOVE to do. It comes natural and the thrill of the chase is often enough. Even having one product on the market would be the definition of fulfillment to many of us and some want to become millionaires or billionaires for that matter.

It would be nice to see some ENers that have gotten to G8 AND are making cash on top of that too. It would make this trip REAL!

I know, I know, “Some people are just private!”. One of the most compelling stories though, for me, was the “Mr. Steamy” guys. I remember watching that video when they opened that first check and they looked at the camera and their eyes lit up. Not only did they say it, but the look on their faces confirmed “It is good!”

It was that spirit that drew me in and that spirit that fuels my personal motivation. “Profits Trump Propaganda”!!

Everyday I am eliminating “Time Vampires”, people and things that occupy my time and mind space that don’t build contribute spiritual enrichment, family, generate income, personal knowledge or that I do just for personal pleasure. I repurpose that time dedicated to irrelevant tasks into purposeful tasks in the moment. Striving to fulfill my goal of living my life “On Purpose”.

I believe whole heartedly that these ideas have value. I think that I am becoming disenchanted with the process to a small degree. I want to hear about or see the pot of gold at the end of the journey.

Does anybody of stories with real traction after G8?
Besides Betsy of course, she is just a rock star!!!

Chappy!

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chappy – how goes the big real estate deal you have churning ? enquiring minds want to know.

what about the gyro bowl ? that is getting licensed by all kinds of deals.

i understand your state of semi-disenchantment. typically, i invest loads of time into engineering, 3d modeling and graphic content layout for my submissions. for the flexible packaging, probably around 60 to 70 hours. on the one i got into the discovery expedition pitch on – over 100 hours. that one required lots of mechanical drawings and 3d modeling to effectively communicate the idea. i also felt an animation video was requisite and did that as well.

obviously you are a sharp business man and are looking for the r.o.i. on this. as am i. i have convinced myself (and the wife) that my time away from other things is an investment in our future. and i still feel that way. i have nothing to show for it but, i am still ok with it. the way i look at it is that it provides hope. something to strive for and dream about. without that, what have you got ? lastly, the odds are way better than the lottery. submission costs to e.n. are tax deductible, lottery tickets are not.

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when I told my father “I want to be an inventor” at 22 after finishing college he stared right at me and said “dont quit your day job…..” that stuck with me lol… so to this day I still do engineering work for many different companies and EN is my stress relief from my tasks at hand.. its like a way to use talent that isn’t structured on time or schedules. Having secured 5 deals, two shared with a co-inventor over the last 10 years and two new products coming to market this year by my wife and I its been a roller coaster of a ride…but we don’t have a mortgage, we have a nice little shore house down in LBI with a decent boat…we drive what we want… my only other passion is Wine and Gardening so I do that to the extent I want… being a “millionaire” in NY wont get you too far but its a comfortable lifestlye…. Im pretty new to EN, joined in December after a friend sent me an email to join for a free submission..since then I have entered about 7 ideas..three have gone G7 , others in current searches… I feel my “Stress relief” here will actually land a deal at one time..but like my father said “never quit your day job..”

Chappy you seem to be financially secure from what ive gathered… not something alot of people can say escpecially now a days…but I see so many people gamble in AC or play lotto everyday with less chances of you landing a deal…so while I would not suggest “to quit your day job”…do enough things right and throw them into the air and eventually one will land in the exact spot you want.. beats picking 6 numbers out of thin air!

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Well @chappy , You aleast have had alot of invention/ideas some of us only have one invention I only have one invention and it already got r4 on two LPS, so I am afraid the PPA runs out in January and so scared that will be the end of my invention . I really do think of other ideas but most of them have been done when I research , but my one invention listed right now is my baby and is on life support right now, it is unique and never been done before and it is a healthaid that solves a problem that every human has! So sorry I am getting carried away , anyway it seems by looking at your points and reading your threads of knowledge that you got several eggs in different baskets! When you get disenchanted think about little awe me with one egg ! :-)

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Candie, what was the feedback on the R4s…patent stuff or market penetration?

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This " :) " is for you Chappy! I applaud your ability to exercise self-discipline and suspend your thoughts (over on another post) temporarily (some are incapable of doing that). However, the forum is designed for us as inventors to support one another, and when you’re ready to chime back in, we as fellow inventors will do just that. I always look forward to your insight, even if like now, it serves to remind me that I am not the only person who has discouraging days. Talk to you later Chappy!

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Well Chappy, I am hoping to have a story for you soon. Cheers brother.

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candie -

i got into edison nation just about 2 years ago. i signed up with one singular purpose and that was to submit my medical patent into an open medical search going on at the time. this was before e.n. had the whole separated medical deal.

i have submitted several other ideas, most of which were conceived with a specific search as the target. a few others have been rolling around in my head for years with now where to go until now. so when a search opens that looks like it could be a good landing spot, i give it a shot.

it sounds like you and i are on the same page since we both have medical concepts and we can clearly see their need. i developed mine while recovering from surgery for prostate cancer. 10 years later, i became an immerman angel. that is an organization that pairs cancer survivors with new cancer patients having the same issue. communication is just for support and is via phone and/or email. i did a lot of both with my 1st assignment and decided i would go the hospital when he was released and take him home. well, low and behold, the same exact problem that my device addresses (obviously why i made it) is still needed, right now, today. nothing has changed. incidence of prostate cancer is increasing every year. there is a definite need for this thing but, it still sits.

short story long, stick with your deal. don’t give up. and keep thinking and looking. you WILL think of other things to submit. there WILLl be a search out there that will be right up your alley. in the mean time, keep thinking of any and every way that you can improve and fine tune your present concept.

remember, this is supposed to be fun. good luck

Lb

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We are here for chappy in this thread , but thank you Larry for your words of encouragement and how I do sympathize with need for affordable healthdevices and how your invention and mine could assist in people that are suffering , @ brian one of my r4 was that my product could not be easily demo on ASOTV and the other r4 was feedback a possible safety issue in design and that some companies would hesitate to license it because of liability risk so, anyway I was hoping that EN would help in stage 4 by looking at enhancing it and just noteing it could simply have the warnings of misuse place on the package but it just got x at 4. Chappy I hope you check back here at your thread because again you got various ideas and some awesome friends here to cheer you ! It could be worse like I said before cheers to you and all you do. :-)

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Thanks for that last line Larry.

It is supposed to be fun and it is fun. Sometimes we forget that, when we get stressed and frustrated that our ideas haven’t yet achieved all that we want them to achieve. This is also a journey and I have grown leaps and bounds (mostly thru submitting to EN and participating in these forums) in this journey. I am not where I want to be, but I am sure not where I was. If I can project this growth curve into the future, I can easily envision myself succeeding. But it doesn’t happen overnight that is for sure. This is a marathon and it takes a good long while to finish. (Except for Betsy of course LOL ). I want you to know that reading all of your posts and participating in these forums has probably kept me in this race. It can be a tough business. It is good to have friends along the way.

THANK ALL OF YOU

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I have received a check from E.N., had a bunch of fun on three paid trips to Charlotte and St. Petersburg, got some live tv time on HSN, worked with some of the most talented hard working people in the industry who are smart enough to tolerate the inventors input along the way which is one of their best features in my book as I have dealt with the alternate attitude of other companies.
Try to stay focused on what’s real instead of what we all want. When you compare what’s really out there lurking in the path of all who don’t have the money to venture it to what E.N. is pioneering, then you might feel better knowing we are with the best.
Keep the faith Chappy and keep living the good life you had pre-E.N.
Good luck.

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James Its purely opinion…I’d rather tinker and prototype any day over sports or real estate…then again I’d rather fish than all three…but the little ones who take apart stuff and build legos one master piece at a time are not thinking profit…I’d submit to EN even if all profits went to charity…the reward mentally I get is worth the price of admission… again all personal opinion of course .

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Chappy your right Larry’s and I inventions were born from pain and suffering and there is no fun in that it is more of what didn’t kill us pointed us in another direction. The only fun personally has been in minute spurts example making a working prototype and a spurt of joy on green progress bars but the red x does cancel out those joys shortly, I assume inventing would be fun for some that are not disabled , have money to gamble and so forth. I sure hope you get out of your funk and maybe you can invent something related to your hobbies and hope you success in getting your dynasty just think of the duck commander and how he is a millionaire read abt phil robertson its inspirational .

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For me it’s the problem solving that’s fun. Anytime I can come up against some problem and over come it is extremely gratifying. The more difficult the problem the more gratification I feel.

I’ve been in industrial maintenance for over four decades, and in that time I’ve had to do some remarkably creative thinking. I solve problems, weather or not I try to profit from the solutions to those problems is a different matter. It’s over coming the difficulties that makes my day.

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chappy, this is not like you at all. i and, no doubt, everyone else out here would do what ever we could to get you out of this downer you are presently in.

i believe people that do this are masochists. we have to be. we put ourselves out there with ideas that we have troubled an toiled over, typically to have them smashed before us. i have been in the graphic design biz and mac i.t. for a long time and it is no different. it is constant creative problem solving. sometimes magic happens right away and the problem is solved. usually not though and it is very frustrating. for every possible solution there are two more road blocks. but, when you hit the solution, the clouds part, the sun shines and for a brief moment you are master of the universe. it is what i do for a living and it is all i ever have done. there are loads of times when all is dark, there is no where to turn, seemingly every rock has been turned over and the sand in the hour glass is almost out. this is when things might fly about and a blanket of profanity crocheted in space. often times, once tired from throwing a hissy fit, a spark ignites and a quantum leap in thinking happens. my work is 80 to 90 percent frustration, 5 or 10 percent of success and 100 percent love. right. that is at or near 200 percent. it IS a love / hate relationship. ying and yang. good and bad. up and down.

enough already. i close with this pearl of wisdom. anyone that says that golfing is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable is a flat out liar. be it miniature or real, nothing relaxing about that. ok. i lied. two pearls of wisdom. einstein said: the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results.

so change it up chappy and cheer up. we want you back.

Lb

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Chappy, maybe this will get you up and dancing and out of your gloomy mood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ztk9t_m1FpY

Or….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uzAku5QJ_4

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I have always been and always will be an inventor. My mind just works that way. It is automatic…an integral part of who I am. I am always thinking of how to do things differently and better. I analyze and try to improve. Sometimes I drive my wife a little crazy, analyzing TV shows, etc. Even if I wasn’t submitting ideas with the potential of making a profit, I would still be inventing. That is why I enjoy it, because it is part of my makeup. I don’t have to organize my inventing and work it as a business, but that I do because of the profit potential. That of course involves work and can be tedious. I am grateful for EN (so is my wife LOL). They take a lot of the “work” out of it, since they handle so much for us. This allows me to concentrate on the part that I really enjoy.

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THANKS FRED! I drive people crazy because they say that I criticize too much. Especially when watching TV. I always said, ’I’m not criticizing, I’m just voicing my opinion.’ But now, you’ve made me realize, I’m analyzing and improving on current imperfections…Yeah, that’s it! That’s what I’ll tell them! I’ve already changed…uhhh, I mean, imporved all of the rules of baseball and football…my Dad just shakes his head….LOL!

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right on fred !

when i was a child, the worst punishment my parents ever gave me was to suspend my “tool privileges”. at that point in time, i did not have any of my own tools and used my fathers. well, i guess i left a pair of pliers out in the lawn or something like that and that is when they dropped the boom on me. it was one of the longest weeks of my life. i did not know what to do. as i recall, my parents lifted the ban before the week was out because i was driving them crazy without tools and begging for them back. we laugh and joke about it now of course but, i think that says something about who we are and what drives us.

knowingly or not, my father taught me that there is NOTHING that cannot be taken apart, analyzed and either fixed or repurposed. computers did not exist in that time frame and he died just after computers were sort of affordable. but the lessons he taught, i applied to the computer world – hardware and software. it’s not magic. it’s not voodoo. (of course some tech’s want you to think that) it is matter of fact, nuts and bolts and all based on logic. although i question some of windows logic but then as i said, i am MAC i.t.

Lb

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Chappy,
I am not sure I am qualified to comment and certainly can’t offer you any good stories of G8 success. With that said, I feel your pain man. My short time here I have experienced the highs and excitement which usually come when I submit an idea (that I just know is going to be the next light bulb or bread slicer!). Every time it moves another level I get the little surge of adrenalin…then…WAP! the dreaded R. That’s when I go back down in the doldrums and start rethinking things. Personally, I have decided that I will keep plugging away, devoting the time I can as the ideas flow. Suffice to say, I have reprioritized activities in my life accordingly. That works for me, but we all have our own decisions and paths that we have to chart.
Having said all of that, I do want to thank you for your contributions to this community…it would not be the same without you…I wish you clarity and peace and G8’s galore Chappy!

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luciano

right on dude ! bottom line, it would NOT be the same without chappy’s continual, insightful and POSITIVE interjections.

come on chappy. snap out of it man! you are bigger and better than this. i never met you in person but, i am pretty sure i have you zero-ed. this in not you.

perhaps you are in a flat spin. but, cougar managed to punch out the first time and recover the second time. you can too. dig down. think deep. it is in you. you have been here how long? do not stop now.

sometimes a break is needed. if so take it. breathe deep. think and reflect. eventually you will come back. be true to yourself. we all wait and support your efforts. be cool.

Lb

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Hi Chappy!
To address your question, My invention is not yet on the market so no big check yet for me. But a quick visit to the successes page here yields the following:

All over a million units sold.

Eggies
Gyro-bowl
Emery Cat
Pressix
Mister Steamy

And a list of products currently at major retailers:

Monster Pong – WHAM-O
Kobalt Morter Hoe – Lowe’s
Total Wrench -Home Depot
Shoe Skirt – Bed Bath & Beyond
Lampbuddy Table – Bed Bath & Beyond
And more.

True, most of these have been around a while. But these things take time.
They may not be able or willing to tell us here, but I guarantee all the above have received some large checks.

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Chappy I feel your pain. Boy do I wish I were one of those G-8 people that actually made it big! Believe me I would share my story on these forums. I say that because if its one thing these forums could use is more positive energy, that’s just my personal take. Everyone says," it takes time be patient " Inventors however could always use a dose of positive energy. What a better way to achieve that than to have more truly successful deals shared here. I do not necessarily agree with those that say inventing is “fun”. Long hours, arguing with attorneys, being denied access to decisions makers, been told I’m wasting money. All that is disheartening and not fun. I enjoy finding solutions to every day problems though, that’s where the fun comes into play. There’s nothing like having someone at work say, “who thought of that” or “why didn’t I think of that?” But what a let down when someone says, " that will never work." “You spent how much on a patent application, are you nuts?” I wish I had 2 bucks for every time one of my ideas was shot down. Yes we need some positive energy, we need E N millionaires to come forward. lol

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I personally feel inventing is mentally exhausting, frustrating, time consuming, sleep deprived, and the most creative thing can do. I think, sure I hope it makes me money, but it’s not the only thing that motivates me. It’s the passion for creating something new that attracts me. I’ll admit the “R’s” kill me inside a little bit each time, but I’m starting to get numb to them. If I did have success I would definitely sleep better at night on occasion. In the meantime I’ll keep the creative juices flowing and sleep when I’m too tired to think.
Best to you all.

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I’m pretty sure we’re all here for the money. May the odds be forever in your favor.

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@chappy ! :-)

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I think the new " First to file" system is a real problem for a lot of inventors here on EN.
I have filed for a ppa for one idea but simply can’t afford to do that with all my submissions. This causes a lot of stress thinking someone will beat me and EN to the punch. I am seriously thinking filing 2 more ppa’s but that won’t be easy. At least I might be able to sleep at night.
Here is a radical idea. How about EN reimburses an inventor for the ppa if the idea goes g8. That might help some justify the cost.
for the record I love EN! I do have fun inventing, tinkering and watching my dashboard. I don.t expect much. for me its like playing the lottery. Buy a ticket then dream of all the things you will do when you hit it big. With EN you get to dream MUCH longer.
Hang in there James!

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Don, they do repay- the $2500 advance royalty check will cover the $375 PPA application and filing fee!

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Wow five R8’s for one idea. Chappy you’re due. Anytime. Patience, my man . Patience! I can see why your in your funk now. I would be too. After all you’ve done and see a product out there doing and taking your space you created. Hopefully EN can make it turn around for you. Have you lost any IP protection or money from it? Any case don’t give up. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. That’s why we are inventors! We don’t give up easily, because we are determined to kick a$$.
I on the other hand invent for the pleasure of showing off my improvements. If I can make a little money here and there to make ends meet without stress that’s fine with me. I would just like to be like you and not have to look at prices. I don’t want to be filthy rich, just comfortable. Good luck and don’t ever give up.

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Brian, yes that’s true. I guess it’s time to bite the bullet.

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Chappy, that’s actually the best feature of E.N. I’m still able to operate my business. I haven’t gone bancrupt chasing a dream. Nothing personal but you are sounding naive and malcontented. This tirade has garnered you sympathy and overt support from good people here, but it also is fostering the most common misconception that inventors suffer, that a good idea should be rewarded with wealth and success. Good ideas are a dime a dozen.
We are all quietly suffering the same funk that you have chosen to air out here. What are you looking for? You requested a testimony and I obliged. I didn’t claim to be rich. Im disappointed in my own product, but the work goes on thanks to the relentless efforts of E.N. Your original post seems to question E.N’s credibility. My response is Ive been in the hunt for over a decade and they are the best for many reasons, one of which is that they allowed me to stop spending money which is effectively as important as making it. And it should be stated loudly that you are not going to be a millionaire from licensing an idea through any agent but at least your idea has shot to be in the game of making money instead of languishing in the black hole of great ideas with no money to venture them.
Again, good luck and good living. What have you lost.

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I’d have liked scoring big, one contract and a life a luxury, actually I like the dream… But my inventions (business now) provide a steady stream of income, something to work on and plenty more dreams of greater luxury.

I talked to a business broker the other day, put a price tag of 3 million on it. He said it won’t happen. 500k because you can’t sell it on it’s potential. My thought is pay me now or pay me later. If later never comes, well then… it never comes. I still have the dream and that is better than money in the bank.

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Greg, you hit it right on the head…your odds of retiring rich from one idea is probably one in a million… what it does do though is open the opportunity to pursue others with less baggage and financial stress… when I signed the dotted line with B&D for my universal drill chuck I took half of every penny I made for the first two years..all that went into a fishing lure project I was obsessed with.. I ended up selling that whole concept to a large producer and you can now find the basic element in most retail fishing lures that self level when pulled..and half of that money I poured into another fishing product that is taping in Florida right now for national rollout this August..that SEVEN years of total time and not retired..think I spent about $325,000 total on development of the two lures…no way on gods green earth I would have been able to do that without the B&D deal….. so retire- no way! Lets say even the best ASOTV item on here is licensed and the point spread is 6 points on MSRP…lets say the item is $19.99.. that would mean 3 points for EN and 3 points for the inventor…now break that down into pay and its roughly 60 cents split by two on each full msrp (not closeout or 2 tier retail) …so 30 cents per item… do it in realistic volumes of 500k units and its $150,000 per half million units to the inventor…which is absolutely nothing to sneeze at..pays off a lot of bills!!! Now you hope that ASOTV item gets the regular two year life span and sells the average of 2.5million units per ASOTV item then gets sold to smaller but respected OEM companies… you have a great chance of making a million bucks there after a few years…and again NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT…but retire in NY with that- NOT A CHANCE…however during that products run if you stepped up your game and kept going and in the same 5 year period landed two or three deals…now your living very comfortable…

this doesnt include searches like the INC250 packaging search…land a deal there and you can retire… i mean your talking millions of pennies year after after year or better yet the packager buys the idea for $20 million… however as we all have learned that is a very hard business to get into, the development of the ideas that are picked will probably take atleast a year (two im assuming)..

So its all in the chance taken, the reward expected, the mindset following success.. I personally will never look at the bottom line…Ill just put my head down and keep going like my life depends on it.. I’ll use Ethan finishing college and doing what ever he wants to do for ever as my goal… retire .. NEVER..go fishing 5 days a week instead of 3 – maybe ;)

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Scott, you sound pretty smart to me.
Chappy, I just turned fifty. That allows me to claim the old codger defense. It’s not personal.
As for my state of being with respect to my product I assure you I am in this for the money and thus far that pursuit has been disappointing. Ill be altruistic after I get some, but I digress, so back to Cardio Poles. I have yet to recapture my investment prior to finding E.N. and there is no guarantee that I ever will. Im not lamenting that, only explaining why I can sincerely be as disappointed as anyone, but also very satisfied with E.N’s efforts. By my best guess they have spent the equivolent of what would have cost me over seventy five grand.
Brian, that is one of the best testimonies I have heard.
Good luck

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Greg, I don’t know if smart is a great choice of words. I’ll say that I risked getting some experience.

Chappy, Like Brian said, the money isn’t in licensing so the two inventions on the market pay the bills, and the dozen or so ideas in development give me hope, the business gives me the means.

I spent half a lifetime working in my industry, who’s better qualified to determine the manufacturing methods of my own inventions?

Anyway, when it comes down to bringing a product to market, a business that makes an initial investment, has that investment at risk and wants to see a return on it. Every potential licensee is going to weigh what it already has invested and what is showing the greatest return. A new license, that isn’t the lifeblood of the company, will not show any return for some time, so no need to prioritize it.

If EN had signed my inventions, in my case, the return would have taken so long that I might have lost everything else, only because I’d already risked everything by the time I found EN.

My inventions are the lifeblood for more than just my business, I need the business to avoid a real job. :0)

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quite a group of people we have in this forum… an unthinkable amount of background experience and knowledge…warms my heart to know im not alone in this mentality…my friends call me “brains” as a joke, but you all make me proud of that nickname- much success to all in everything you do

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I’m confused Chappy. Greg owns his own business, has a beautiful girlfriend, a gorgeous home on the beach and has EN working on his behalf. I know Greg very well and he has a wonderful life.

I have a product in stores, but I still work as a TV producer and teach a course to college students. I love what I do. If you think $$$ is going to make your life better—-why don’t you change some things in your life now?

You’re smart, capable and can make your life what you want it to be now. Getting extra money down the road from inventing will just be icing on the cake.

There are no guarantees, not in any aspect of life, work, health, happiness, money….and certainly not inventing.

Meanwhile, I need to go visit Greg and Cathy at the beach and drink some Margaritas. Their life-style is like a vacation for city people like me! ;-)

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The water is calm and clearing and the blender is plugged in. Tomorrow would be great : )

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thanks for the invite greg but tomorrow ill be tuna fishing off the intercoastal ;)

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One of the many things I respect about Chappy is he holds nothing back. He is always going to let you how he feels even if its not the most popular at the time. I think he was just unleashing the frustrations we all have with inventing. It is so hard to land a deal……………and once you do it is so hard to earn a profit from it. I think we all would be kidding ourselves if we say we are not in it for the money to a certain extent. For me, Its a great creative outlet. It has become my new hobby since I am no longer playing sports or doing other things from my younger days. I love the aspect of finding a problem and trying to solve it. I love creating sell sheets. But to be real, I want to make money…………………the rejections do get frustrating. In closing, a shot of makers on me tonight Chappy. Tell Wayne I said hello.

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LOL Brian. That’s really not a legitimate excuse though since the intercoastal comes all the way around to my backyard. See you at first light.

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Blessings to all of you.

May the sun be ever at your back..may the fishing always be good….may your ideas find homes on retail shelves everywhere…and may consumers trample each other in a rush to buy your products…may your final statement be the same as Sparky’s in “National Lampoon’s Christmas:….”I DID IT".

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Chappy, I don’t talk about $ on public forums. But, I will say tuition for 4 years undergrad and 3 years for 2 masters degrees was wiped out! Savings looks good. Car? I’m not a car person. Don’t ever want to be carjacked. ;-) Many of the people named, were EE and they have NEVER really taken part in the forums.

Oh, and more than 5 Million Eggies have sold. And, there’s some new exciting things on the horizon about them.

But, my life is the same. I loved it before, I love it now. Family, friends, health and happiness motivate me. I love EN, it opens up incredible opportunities. I’ve made some life long friends, and now I have an outlet for some of my wacky ideas.

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Michael, make sure they have the right size. Extra large. Much love and prayers for your new life after the successful procedure. Who’s doing it and where? Who’s going to be there when you wake up?

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Sounds good. Maybe your friend can keep us informed of your recovery til you are back at the keyboard?
It will be important for many of us to know.

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VERY IMPORTANT to me Michael!!! I have been blessed to get to know you and learn what a terrific man and incredible father you are! My love, thoughts and prayers are with you my friend! You mean sooooo much to me! You’ll do great!!! Xxxoooo

And Mary Kisko and her husband Steve are in my prayers. Her husband is hospitalized in critical condition tonight.

Chappy, this is why I never pray for money. I pray for health and happiness. What does money mean when people you love are suffering?

My prayers are now with you Michael and your dear boys and with Mary and her family.

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Praying for you and a very successful surgery and recovery Michael!

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Michael I wish the best for you during your surgery and recovery! You will be in our thoughts !

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Michael,

You are so fortunate to live in this era and be who you are. Although it is not an outpatient operation, I’ve seen the miracles that are a result of these procedures.

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My prayers are with you Michael. xo

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Michael , sending thoughts out to you and what your journey has this will just be a speed bump in it! Best wishes

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This thread has become what this community is all about. Perspectives differ depending on where one is in his or her life. Michael, wishing you a speedy recovery! Chappy, your support on this forum is immeasurable! I pray we all succeed in our quest to see our dreams fulfilled!! Thank you to everyone who continues to inspire me!!
I love EN, and this community!!

Cheers,
Patty

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Betsy 5 million units in under a calendar year..that’s pedegg numbers…wow…. good for you!

Best of luck Mike…medicine today is amazing… I’m allergic to almost all food…without my meds and allergist I’d be dead…a hundred years ago I never would have made it past childhood… modern medicine is a miracle !

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Chappy, do i understand your post correctly to say that you went on stage with Wayne Brady?

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That’s what I call connected. Any video that would not compromise your good standing in the business community?

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I liked Wayne Brady on Don’t Forget The Lyrics.

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yeah Kathleen, he has got to be one of the best at improv.
Chappy, you have piqued my curiosity. How the heck did you get on stage. Ordinarily one might expect to get arrested for that. Give us the goods man. Do you and he have a history? This sounds like an interesting story.

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Ah, I see. That is still very interesting that you have the stones for that. I just try to be invisible, petrified of that. Give me a mechanical bull and a pastel umbrella though, and the inhibitions melt away : )
Good luck with E.E. That kind of spirit goes a long way toward keeping it entertaining.

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James I was clamming over by AC last weekend..let me tell you this is best start of a fishing season In years..black and blues are coming in closer this year and even the great bay has been biting…your coming at a great time to cast out.. I saw alot of crabs nets out over by your condo developement…clams cleaned them self early this year so they are good eats…all you need is some fresh tomato and good pasta…with that said i think I just decided what I want for dinner….

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I have only recently put my toe back into the EN waters, even though I have had an Insider Account for quite a while now. I do have one product on the market through another crowdsourcing invention website, that is now defunct, which is a whole other story. I seriously doubt I will become a millionaire from that invention, but I do have the physical product in hand, which I use quite frequently on our dog when bathing:

http://www.petedge.com/product/Master-Grooming-...

It’s been a long & arduous journey, but I’ve loved every minute of it. I love nothing more than spending my off-days, Wednesday & Saturday nights, wrestling with my lame MS Publisher program to make images for my innovations.

That said, the reward is in the journey.

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Congrats CK, for getting to market with your product! I checked out the link you gave…now, I want a dog so I can try it out!

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Who’s Line is coming back?!?!?! HOTDAM! when?

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Thanks so much, kathleen Christopher! The Speed Bather (Dog Squeegee) was submitted to several crowdsourcing websites, but it was licensed through Genius Crowds – now out out business, unfortunately. I will be getting sales & royalty report throughout the coming years. :)

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Ah yes I believe you could : )
I just want somebody to be there with a video camera when it happens : D

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Gosh, I go away for a few days and look what I’ve missed…

Chappy, I think we can all commiserate with your frustrations. I’ve struggled for years with various things, and when i finally figure out what to do i feel so stupid that i didnt see the answer before. It’s hard to persevere when you don’t progress as you think you should. I always try to remember that God has a plan for me, and I just have to have faith that things will unfold when it’s time. It may not be the solution or the timing that I envisioned, but I often get an upgrade, so the wait is worth it!

Greg, if I knew how I would post a pic of my dad riding a real bull, but my IT skills are less than ideal. Where do you even go to ride nowadays? I haven’t seen a mechanical bull in a long time, but I don’t make the club scene very often either. I was out in Scottsdale, AZ for meetings this past week. All I kept hearing was how hot it was at 104 degrees. I never even broke a sweat! Lol! They have no concept of humidity.

Michael, you have my prayers for a successful surgery. It’s always unnerving to think of someone fiddling around with your heart, but its a fairly routine procedure now. I know there’s a new anticoagulant out too, so hopefully that aspect won’t be as much of an ordeal as it used to be. Please do ask someone to update us. We’ll be pulling for you!

And Wayne Brady!! So glad to hear Whose Line is coming back. Such a funny show. When ya coming to Austin, Chappy? Maybe you just need to get weird! : )

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I guess I could post this here.

Chappy, besides my multiple G8’s, I just counted 23 pages of X’s since I started.
I call it NEVER GIVING UP. Learning in the past 5 years how to zone in on
coming up with products that these companies might be interested in.
I do this inventing process 24/7. I love it!!!

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Hi Chappy, my multiple G8’s are being made as we speak. Sourcing the right material for the right price has been the hold up for these inventions.
I am confident EN will find the right pricing to make it happen.

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@Michael…My thoughts and prayers are with you as you face this major surgery coming up…and I will pray extra-super hard on July 2nd!!! Hugs and best wishes for a speedy recovery, too!

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Wow! That’s fantastic Toni- congratulations!

Although i attend a different church, I watch Joel Osteen most every Sunday morning because I like the message he gives. I find that it’s almost always spot on with something I need to hear. This week his message is called “Don’t Fight It”. I think you can hear it online at his website. It is the perfect message for this thread! The whole thing was about the plan that God has for us- in His time, not ours. One thing he said was “If you’re only going to be happy if God does it your way, then you’re not really trusting Him.” I hope this gives some peace to those of you struggling with this process. Hang in there! Things will happen when they’re supposed to.

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Hi Kim,
That was an inside reference to my former days as a bull rider on the circuit. Here’s the link to one of my best times. I broke a record with 17 seconds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEr9CZ-z9G8

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Greg, was that (the bull riding) just prior to or just after the “Margaritathon”?

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I was stone sober, but that bull…now he was drunk : D

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Thank you Kim, I have seen Joel Osteen on TV from time to time and I too enjoy
his sermons.

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Michael, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your new valve make you feel like a million bucks! :)
Kim and Toni: I have had the same experience in watching Joel Osteen. He is such an inspiration and example that anything is possible. In fact, I will, one day be in attendance!
Chappy may we all master the art of improvision…..
Betsy: Praying for your friend and her husband.
Frank, thanks for sharing, I will also share it with others.

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I guess the site was down for a while… I couldn’t post. Greg, that’s the first time I’ve ever seen anyone ride while holding an umbrella! LMAO!!! So awesome!

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Good luck Michael on the second, it’s also my wife and I’s 30th anniversary. A good friend of mine had a valve replacement and is doing fine. So don’t worry too much. I had an ICD (Implantable Cardiac Defibulator) w/pacemaker put in in March, because of a heart attack three years ago which left me with 35% heart use. It wasn’t open heart but they still had to stop my heart to make sure the Defibulator kicked in. I was petrified but I’m like a Timex that takes a licking and keeps on ticking. lol Good luck and I will send a prayer your way.

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I missed this Michael but best wishes, I’m sure you will be in good hands. Perhaps you could turn this into an opportunity & look for ideas for a Medical Search – patients make the best inventors!

Kia Kaha

Mogie

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Ok, I know we have some creative minds in these forums, so if there’s not already a word for it, we need to think of a word for when a thread subject changes from it’s original intent to something that has nothing to do with the original subject.

This one made the transformation as well as many others.

So c’mon what’s the word?

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Loren,

On most forums it’s called “Hijacking” where one or more individuals will talk over the topic for their own reasons. Here it’s just the natural flow of conversation. This is a loose forum and topics of conversation do change with the natural flow of conversation, no ham is intended.

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maybe we can think of a word for that then . . . when a subject changes through the course of normal conversation, with no harm intended.

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I liked “no ham intended”

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What a journey … You all know I will just have to chime in too!! In the last hour I have heard your cries, shared emotions, empathized, cheered you on, sympathized, was uplifted, motivated, inspired, worried, concerned and elated ..

It’s all about the love you bring … that is the truth and the real in the forums .. you speak through your hearts, dreams and aspirations .. we learn from your journeys – you once again have all made a difference, and participated in this celebration of belonging.

Michael and Mary ….. words can not tell you or express my concern … but what we all know you have Angels from every part of this community looking over and praying for you … Mary your husband and Michael your upcoming surgery !!! We’re here for you !!

Inventing.. the pure essence we all share, is the journey like no other … Chappy you and everyone else all hit it spank on the head of the nail, that seems like a spike at times ,, it keeps us consumed, dedicated, frustrated and yearning … I am so glad you shared and thankful once again.. you brought us out and away from our routines and together, supportive and strong standing side by side in unison for EN and this amazing community !!

Inventing.. the pure essence we all share, is the journey like no other … Chappy you and everyone else all hit it spank on the head of the nail, that seems like a spike at times ,, it keeps us consumed, dedicated, frustrated and yearning … I am so glad you shared and thankful once again.. you brought us out and away from our routines and together, supportive and strong standing side by side in unison for EN and this amazing community !!Biggest of hugs ….

Inventing.. the pure essence we all share, is the journey like no other … Chappy you and everyone else all hit it spank on the head of the nail, that seems like a spike at times ,, it keeps us consumed, dedicated, frustrated and yearning … I am so glad you shared and thankful once again.. you brought us out and away from our routines and together, supportive and strong standing side by side in unison for EN and this amazing community !!Biggest of hugs ….

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LOLOL! Thanks Greg. I never saw the typo until now. LOLOL

Now that you mention it, “no ham intended” does have a certain je ne sais quoi to it. LOLOL

Loren,

I can’t think of any suitable individual word that might fit these particular circumstances but perhaps… Conversational Subliminal Transition… meaning, the tongue goes where the mind takes it.

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This thread has been “No Ham Intended” . . . figure it out.

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Thanks Tamazi! I’m having fun reading through the success stories. I like the FlipFold…Dr. Sheldon Cooper uses one of those…even for his socks, and he’s a smart cookie! LOL!!!

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What a great conversation! I have never assumed that I would get rich through my creative hobby. If it happens, all the better. All we have in this life is time – I choose to spend it wisely.

Chappy! I have always enjoyed your posts – always thoughtful and heart felt.

Fred, love your sentiments!

And Greg – Florida (is that where you live?) is a long ways from Montana. But if I’m ever in the neighborhood, will definitely take you up on that Margarita!

(OK, think I’m responding to the thread from the first page…anyway, love this community!

Michael, know that I’m thinking of you & sending you positive thoughts!)

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PS. $2,500 for a whole lotta love in a large, furry body with four legs? Not a bad deal….

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Hi Kerrie. I’m in Texas but the intercoastal meanders along the perimeter of the gulf from Florida all the way over here I believe. Stop in for one anytime.

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Where you be?

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Me three Brent! Where ya located?

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Dang we sound like hicks Greg! lol

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The question is… do you live in Texas?? If so, whereabouts?

Betsy and I are in Houston and Greg is in Galveston

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Chappy, Naples was my destination way back when… I came to Florida on a vacation with a friend. First stop was Naples then on a whim we decided to take Alligator Alley to Miami. I was trying to pass a semi (it was 2 lanes then) and when I tried to get over my friend looked too. She bumped my shifter into neutral and I quickly put in back in drive, I got over and all seemed fine. A quick stop later revealed my car wouldn’t go faster than 20 mph. Long story short… I ended up in crystal river, got a job and never returned to live in Illinois. Things happen for a reason I guess!

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I think Florida makes you geographically unavailable for impromptu happy hours! lol

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By the end of this summer there will be a Texas Gulf Coast Edison Nation-palooza. We’ll give you gators a big wave with our margarita glasses.

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This UF alumni appreciates that!

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Chappy,

Last year I started making cigar box guitars (cbg) for a hobby, and if you like cbgs then you like the “Blues”. And that’s what got me to thinking about your original post here.

The next time anxiety and frustration raise their nasty little heads just put it to music. If you don’t know how to put it to music just give this site a little visit.

How To Write The Blues

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Why don’t you stop by my house and i will tell ya just how to become one !!! Just look for the drunk passed out on the steps… YOU know the one… i’d be happy to CLUE you in.. However i think you know WHO that REALLY was flopped over on the stairs !!!! LOL !!!

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