If You Could Invent Something What Would It Be

If You Could Invent Something What Would It Be

If you could invent something what would it be? If you had all the powers, talent, resources, desire and time, what would you create and why?

Maybe the next bestseller? A technology that will fix bad mood in an instant? A cure for a rare disease? A new type of food that would help feed people from the Third World? A sanctuary where you and your family can be safe and peaceful? A service to help people deal with loss once and for all? A product to let you create more time? A new software to help you be twice as productive when doing online work? Beautiful design work? Or a spaceship so that you can go on your own in space and just forget about reality and its problems?

The possibilities are countless. The only limits are those of our imagination. But one thing remains the same – many people are full of such ideas, they think about them, they talk about them, they are jealous of others that act upon them, but few dare to do anything to make them a reality.

Truth is, we’re all creators, we’re inventors, we’re the designers of our lives, we shape our future and who we become, but we also have the right abilities and talents needed to create amazing things from scratch.

Human beings are creators, flinging powerful images into the minds of their fellow men. And all of these images are built of tiny particles of thought.
Roy H. Williams

Thomas Edison failed 10000 times before he invented the light bulb. The Harry Potter books and ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’ were turned down many times prior to getting published, and if J.K. Rowling and Tim Ferris weren’t believers and action-oriented individuals, they would have never realized they had written bestsellers that would change the lives of whole generations in different ways.

So from what I’ve seen in history, what lies behind every successful person, and what every leader has understood early on, we can invent anything.

You can start a startup for less than $100, you can turn your passion into a career, you can start writing right away if you feel like there’s something you have to say and publish it online, share it on social media and let people decide whether it has the potential to go viral.

The Internet has removed the need for initial capital, it’s your laziness and doubts you have to conquer.

So, the right question isn’t ‘If you could invent something what could it be?’. The question you should ask yourself daily is, ‘What can I start working on right now that can potentially turn into the next big thing and help me make a difference?’

The implication is that this basic idea we have that we are controlled by our genes is false. It’s an idea that turns us into victims. I’m saying we are the creators of our situation. The genes are merely the blueprints. We are the contractors, and we can adjust those blueprints. And we can even rewrite them.
Bruce Lipton

You can either keep coming up with excuses (you can easily make it over 100 if you take the time), or get to work.

Start by doing your research, getting clear about the vision, making a reality check to see if you’re really the right person to create this thing. If it doesn’t come naturally to you, maybe your efforts are better invested in something else, or in a completely another field.

Stop wishing for superpowers, gather everything you already have – your experience and knowledge, your mentors and like-minded friends, your desire to learn and make mistakes, your vision and the specific goals you’ll set around it, your ability to track progress and find ways to stay consistent and motivated.

Do that and get to work!

So, what’s the big thing you’ll be working on next?

See also:

How to Find Your Passion and Start Doing What You Love
How to Become a Lifestyle Designer
The Foundation of Success is Learning from Our Failures
9 Things That Stop You from Achieving Your Goals

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Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

E-commerce is a booming industry and will only continue to grow in the coming years. That’s why it’s not so surprising that there are plenty of people who want even just a small slice of the proverbial pie.

But whether or not you are looking to establish a full-blown online store or would simply want to supplement your income by buying and selling items on the side, you have to pick a product to sell that would, well, sell.

With the right marketing strategy, one can argue that anything and everything can be sold online. However, the real challenge is finding a product that is conducive to success. How do you find that product? Here are a few pointers.

Finding The Ideal Product to Sell

1. Target Hobbyists and Collectors

You’ll be surprised by just how much money hobbyists and collectors are willing to spend to fuel their passions.

If you have a knack for finding rare items, you’ll be a big hit with collectors. Whether they’re interested in action figures and toys, lapel pins, first edition books, stickers, sports cards, or even antique dinnerware. Just make sure that everything is legitimate.

Meanwhile, there is no shortage of hobbies on which people willingly invest their time and money.

Some of the more popular ones include biking, fishing, knitting and crocheting, calligraphy, model building (including radio-controlled vehicles), and handicrafts. Look for a leisure pursuit where you can act as the product-based solution and you’ll easily enamor yourself to these customers.

2. Something Hard to Find or Can’t be Bought Locally

There are some things that can be easily found in a local grocery store or a specialty shop — say gardening or baking supplies. But what about specialty foods, magician’s accessories, eco-friendly products, and fandom items?

Most likely, people will go online to find these. You can enlist the help of Google Trends and Google Keyword Tool to get a glimpse of what kinds of products people are searching for online and use the results as a guide to pick a niche product to sell.

You can also try to sell products that can’t be bought or difficult to procure locally, like Japanese Kitkats, the “three-story” alfajor Oreos, or Asian beauty products. The latter, in particular, is a good place to start since a lot of products are only available in select countries or regions but are available through wholesale Asian cosmetics websites. Do the hard work of sourcing these products (and offer them at reasonable prices) and see just how much your customers will love you.

3. Star with The Accessories Before The Big-Ticket Items

When people buy big-ticket items such as 4K TVs, high-end smartphones, and gaming laptops, they buy them only once. Their next purchase of these kinds of products will probably be in the next two to three years.

These are big investments, after all, and people are much more reluctant to spend huge amounts so often. However, accessories are much more common purchases and people are relatively more agreeable to spending more often on these items. Especially when they’re meant to increase the performance or ensure the longer life of the bigger product.

Think about HDMI cables and switchers for TVs, charging cables and power banks as well as cases and protectors for smartphones, and gaming accessories like a mouse, a keyboard, and a good pair of headphones.

If you already sell the big-ticket items, then it’s a wise decision to add the accessories to your online catalog. If you’ve yet to choose what to sell on your online shop and/or you have a limited capital, you should consider selling these kinds of accessories first.

4. Consumables Mean Customers That Keep Coming Back

Consumables mean that you will have a steady customer base and a rather reliable revenue stream. What’s more, when people need to order products from you regularly, it’s much easier to build a loyal customer base.

Think about specialty cooking ingredients (Himalayan pink salt, anyone?), supplies for arts and crafts, and even cosmetics. Just make sure you’re able to deliver each and every time, since you don’t know when your customers will run out of their stock or order in bulk in advance.

Of course, choosing which product to sell is just one part of a thriving online business, since you should also take into consideration the demand, potential competition, and reliable suppliers, among others. However, it’s also undeniable that finding a saleable item is a huge contributor to your business success. Good luck on your journey as an online entrepreneur!

If you're into ecommerce, you might be wondering what product to sell on your online store. Here are 4 great ideas that are sure to make you money and bring you loyal customers: #ecommerce #onlinestore #makemoneyonline #sidehustle