Back in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s there was a daytime television show hosted by a man named Art Linkletter. A very popular segment on that show was entitled; “Kids Say the Darndest Things“. This concept was re-invented in the 1990s as a stand-alone show hosted by comedian Bill Cosby. Both demonstrated that a kid asked the right questions can be very funny and entertaining, even when they're not trying to be.
But humor isn't the only thing kids are often very good at. They've also proven to be very capable of coming up with profitable new business ideas. Here are just a few examples:
- Abbey Fleck was just eight years old when she had the idea to hang bacon up while it cooks in the microwave oven. The result of that idea was a product called “Makin' Bacon”.
- At age 11, Richie Stachowski came up with the idea for a device that allows people to talk to one another under water. He calls them “Water Talkies”.
- 14-year-old Sarah Buckel invented “Magnetic Locker Wallpaper” so kids could decorate their school lockers without having the hassle of scraping wallpaper off at the end of the year.
- Kelly Reinhart came up with the idea for the “T-Pak” when she was only six years old!
- Richard Turere, at 11, used a solar panel, an old car battery, the indicator box from a motorcycle (turn signals), a small torch from a broken flashlight, and a switch to turn the contraption on and off, to create “Lion Lights.” It saved his family's and the village's livestock.
Yes, kids do say the darndest things and sometimes those “things” end up creating great wealth and opportunity. Why do you suppose that is? It's because kids have few inhibitions. That's what makes some of the things the say so funny, and what makes what they invent so innovative. This ability to get beyond what holds us back is key to developing successful new business ideas.
I've seen kids creating innovation that lead to great businesses. Why? It's because kids have few inhibitions.
So if you are looking for a new business idea, go find a kid.
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