2013-12-06 / Columnists


By Rick Horan

The problem with getting an idea is knowing what to do with it when you get it. The trick is not to get emotionally attached but rather look at it with a critical eye. Unfortunately I think all of my ideas are good, or at least that’s my opinion when I first conceive of them. But unlike a good wine, many don’t improve with age.

It is important to be able to tell good ideas from the stinkers as quickly as possible. Otherwise, we run the distinct risk of acting on bad ones, a real problem when you don’t have time or money to spare.

The fact is that I am already well beyond my active idea quota, that is, the number of ideas that one can effectively work on at one time before flaming out. My goal is not to have any ideas for the foreseeable future so that I can spend some time developing some of the ones I’ve already got.

Here’s a sampling of some of the ideas that I’ve toyed around with developing in one form or other. There might be one or two bottles of Champagne here, but for the most part, I’m probably in Boones Farm country. It’s a good thing I like to farm.

 Recruiting sizzle reels (short videos)
instead of boring resumes for job
 Shower head that dispenses skin
moisturizer for dry, winter skin
 Online software that assists a group
of people negotiate a time to meet
 Jitney that shuttles people from
parking spots near airport to terminal  Triangular signs that fit in diamond
frame bikes and generate ad income
for owner
 Designate preferred email and treat
the opposite of junk email
 Rooms designed without any sharp
corners to make it easier to clean
 Clear umbrella held on front of bike
with bungee cords to act as a cheap
 Power-wash in a can for small jobs,
like getting bugs off cars
 Mobile desk, hangs on shoulders provides platform for writing, computing
and eating
 Bubble wrap that sticks to fragile
items for shipping
 Automatic Bed Maker – consisting of
U shaped pole pivots from head to toe
of mattress

 Form-fit bike helmet – comfortable,
safe but not nerdy
 Butter gun - squeezing the trigger
ejects a perfect butter paddy
 Shoe laces with different color ends
will help kids learn how to tie their
shoes faster
 Spout with a hollow sphere that
delivers an accurate measurement of
liquid or powder
 Golf tees that bend instead of break
 Bicycle flywheel that stores power for
hills and keeps bike upright even
when stopped
 Plastic push screws, sort of like flat
plastic ties but rigid and round

Maybe my next idea should be an idea filter with smaller holes.

Got an idea? Share it with us at Rick- Horan@IdeasImprov.com

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