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"..leaving a legacy of good deeds and progress for mankind.." -- --> "Didencher teechur larn yu nuffin? - 'Caus ya shoor ain't gonna mount te nuffin nohow, wiffout larnin." -- Mortimer Snerd

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Which of These Mistakes Do You Make — That Successful People Don’t?

No matter what you want to succeed at in life—your career, a hobby, your personal life—there are a few universal truths that
can be applied to the pursuit of success, and a few mistakes that can be considered universal barriers to achieving it.

As I’ve watched and studied successful people in my life, I’ve noticed five mistakes that they seem to be able to avoid at any
cost. Do you fall into the trap of any of these mistakes? If so, you may be putting roadblocks on your own path to success

Mistake 1. Avoid responsibility
“The price of greatness is responsibility.” –Winston Churchill

One of the first things you will notice that successful people don’t have is a blaming or victim mentality. When things go
wrong, what is your first response? Successful people won’t say, “I couldn’t succeed because of X, Y, and Z” or “It’s
actually this person’s fault.” They’re much more likely to own a mistake rather than blame others for their failure or
misfortune. I believe the key here is that by owning a mistake, we are more likely to learn from it and much less likely
to repeat it.

Mistake 2. Procrastinate
"Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before
yesterday." ~Napoleon Hill

Successful people tend to take action, regardless of whether it is the “perfect” time or not. When Gutenberg invented the
printing press, the literacy rate was almost nonexistent—not exactly perfect market conditions for mass producing
books. And no one knew they needed a “smart” phone until Apple invented one. Don’t wait for the perfect time to do
something. Work hard and don’t give up—regardless of what might be going on around you. Success is very often the
accumulation of many small achievements over a long period of time.

Mistake 3. Follow the trends
“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion”. –Jack Kerouac

Every day we produce 2.5 quintillion (1018) bytes of data. In that flood of information, it’s tempting to think that we have to
jump at every new development, try every new thing. (We sometimes call it “shiny object syndrome.”) But jumping at
every new thing will leave no time to develop the deep understanding that pursuing lifelong learning might. Focus your
energies on understanding the root of what you hope to succeed at and ignore the rest. For example, if you hope to
succeed in sales or marketing you might choose to study human psychology rather than the latest social media
marketing schemes.

Mistake 4. Try to go it alone
“Life is not a solo act. It's a huge collaboration, and we all need to assemble around us the people who care about us and
support us.” –Tim Gunn

One of the most vital things successful people do is to surround themselves with other successful people. No man is an
island, and having a network, a mastermind group, surround oneself with clever people can make all the difference
between success and failure. This is true whether you hope to succeed at a personal goal like weight loss (studies show
people lose more weight in a group than alone) or a business goal.

Mistake 5. Lack of belief
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot
be successful or happy.” –Norman Vincent Peale

This isn’t about positive affirmations or visualizing success, but rather, as Peale says, “a humble but reasonable confidence”
that you can achieve what you set out to achieve. Think about it the other way round if you are skeptical; if you don’t
believe that you can succeed, why would you even try? You must cultivate a strong belief in yourself even in the face of
setbacks or adversities if you hope to ultimately be successful.

Avoiding these mistakes will help you succeed at work or a single goal or task, but to be truly successful, we also need to be
happy. The sixth mistake I see unsuccessful people make is not seeking a health balance between work that fulfills,
family life, friends, and health. Only when you make happiness and balance a goal can you truly succeed in any other
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Bernard Marr, author of "Mistakes--", is a globally recognized expert in strategy, performance management,
analytics, KPIs and big data. He helps companies manage, measure and improve performance.

-- "Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?" -- Edgar Bergen
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-- "SAT prep services get into video games"

-- --> What it all boils down to is that you want to know what it will all cost? You want to get down to the nitty-gritty bottom line.

-- Many a successful entrepreneuer has stated, "If I had only known then what I know now I wouldn't have started?" -- I hope that what you have read, up-to-now, hasn't dissuaded you from chasing your dreams of becoming a successful inventor, for then I would have wasted my time simplifying the pathway for your success. -- Keep going.
Inventors are persistent.

-- Go to: --> "Inventing the Dishwasher"

-- And what is success anyway? Is it living another day without hurt and needs? Is it having more money than you can possibly spend? Is it everybody bowing to you and quoting the words you have spoken? Is it leaving a legacy of good deeds and progress for mankind? -- I think it can surely be the later.

-- You can be an 'Inventor' where your name is registered in the patent office..there to be viewed by those who will follow..an example of a step forward in knowledge for mankind. -->

-- "I2P - Idea To Product : Saint Louis University" -- Idea To Product® is a unique academic competition looking at ideas at their earliest stage

--> "Patent, Trademark, and Commercialize your Ideas / Inventions - Harshaw Research"

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Talk About Your Invention
Posted by Ryan Grepper, on June 25, 2013

If you tell anyone your great idea they will steal it and take it market before you can! Woe is me!!

This is most inventors biggest fear and its also one of the biggest reasons most inventors never have success with their
ideas. Here are some tips to help you get over this issue and break your vow of silence.

1. Unless you triple-majored in Design, Engineering and Marketing you can’t make your idea the best product it can be all
by yourself. Luckily there are firms all over the globe who can tweak and improve your design if you are willing to trust
them. Trust is much easier to give when the firm you use signs your NDA, and also a Work-For-Hire agreement which
says any improvements they make to your design belong to you. Sample contacts are available for free in the Inventors
Blueprint download area.

2. I don’t worry that someone I tell my idea to will steal it because it is A LOT OF WORK to bring an idea market. I tell my
friends, family and even casual strangers my ideas because I’ve learned how valuable their feedback can be. Is this
really a great idea or am I just enamored by it because I came up with the solution? I’ll take the reward of feedback all
day long compared to the perceived risk of accidentally bumping into a motivated invention thief.

3. Deadlines are a good thing. Ever try to eat peas off a flat plate? Doesn’t work very well. I think of deadlines like the
curved edge of the plate that when pushed up against finally get the dang peas on the dang fork. Nothing happens
without a deadline. Go file your provisional patent application to establish your filing date, give yourself a deadline to
work with, and give yourself more peace of mind as you talk to people about your invention.

4. Other people already have your idea. If your idea is truly a good idea, and it has a sizable market, then you better get
moving. There are over 300 million people in the US alone so it’s a safe bet that at least 50 of them came up with your
solution as well. You are in a race against these other folks to get this idea to market, and luckily you have the
advantage. You are getting educated on the invention process and getting over that irrational fear of sharing your ideas
so you can finally take action and make some progress. Good for you!

5. Can’t sell if you won’t tell. When you’re trying to license your invention it can be hard enough to find the right person at
the right company to pitch to. It’s waayyy harder when the first thing they hear from you is “Hi, will you sign my NDA?”. I
personally don’t bother with NDAs in that situation, but I do like to have a provisional patent application in place.

Let’s review:

99.9% of people won’t steal your idea because it’s too much work (and bad karma).

99.9% of companies won’t steal your idea because it risks exposure to lawsuits, damages their reputation, and restricts their
access to other inventor ideas in the future. It’s way cheaper to pay a royalty if you are reasonable, or find another idea
if you are not.

You can cover your butt against the other .1% with NDAs, Work-For-Hire agreements and Patent Applications.

Your biggest legitimate fear should be those other 50 people with your idea. Get moving with that idea or someone else will.

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THE NEW GOLDEN RULE OF BUSINESS

The old Golden Rule in business was to find out what your customers wanted and to give it to them. Today, if you ask your
customers what they want and you give it to them, you’d miss a huge opportunity. Their answers will never give you
more than a fraction of the true potential. In addition, the answers they provide are the same answers they are telling
your competitors when they ask. In other words, you and your competitors will take your customers’ answers and
develop similar solutions that will result in high competition with low margins.

Our capabilities are changing far too rapidly for this old rule to be useful. Customers today don’t know what is technically
possible because change is so fast. The things they might really want are things they don’t yet know are possible. For
example, customers did not know they wanted an iPod, iPhone, or iPad until Apple gave it to them. The elderly were not
asking for an iShoe that would help prevent them from falling. They had no idea such a thing was possible.The old
Golden Rule in business was to find out what your customers wanted and to give it to them. Today, if you ask your
customers what they want and you give it to them, you’d miss a huge opportunity. Their answers will never give you
more than a fraction of the true potential. In addition, the answers they provide are the same answers they are telling
your competitors when they ask. In other words, you and your competitors will take your customers’ answers and
develop similar solutions that will result in high competition with low margins.

Our capabilities are changing far too rapidly for this old rule to be useful. Customers today don’t know what is technically
possible because change is so fast. The things they might really want are things they don’t yet know are possible. For
example, customers did not know they wanted an iPod, iPhone, or iPad until Apple gave it to them. The elderly were not
asking for an iShoe that would help prevent them from falling. They had no idea such a thing was possible.

To survive and thrive, look at your customers’ visible future. Look at their Hard Trends that will happen. Look at what you’re
certain about regarding their future. See what problems they are going to have and solve them before they happen so
that by the time they’re just starting to experience the problem, you already have the solution.

To survive and thrive, look at your customers’ visible future. Look at their Hard Trends that will happen. Look at what you’re
certain about regarding their future. See what problems they are going to have and solve them before they happen so
that by the time they’re just starting to experience the problem, you already have the solution.

Technology driven transformation will not wait, pause, or stand aside while you think about it. Blur—streak—gone! There are
two critical truths about business in this new era that you cannot afford to ignore. We might call them corollaries to
the Golden Rule:

If it can be done, it will be done.
If you don’t do it, someone else will.
This is going to happen in every field.

If the Big Three automakers don’t make the cars people will both want and need in the future, Toyota will. And if Toyota
doesn’t do it, Tesla or someone else will.
If the Big Four record labels weren’t moving fast enough to embrace MP3 technology and the dematerialization of recorded
music, Apple was only too happy to step in.
Blockbuster didn’t move fast enough to make the home video rental business virtual, so Netflix did.
In the last presidential election, Mitt Romney didn’t grasp the potential of social media fundraising and web-based voter
interaction; Barack Obama’s people did.
If the major television networks don’t embrace interactive, personalized, high-bandwidth IPTV, then someone else will. And a
few years from now, perhaps the major television networks will not be ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, but YouTube, Netflix,
Vimeo, or someone else.

Always ask your customers what they want, but remember that they will always under answer. Therefore, it is far better to
follow my new Golden Rule of Business: Give your customers the ability to do what they can’t currently do, but would
want to… if they knew it was possible.

Technology driven transformation will not wait, pause, or stand aside while you think about it. Blur—streak—gone! There are
two critical truths about business in this new era that you cannot afford to ignore. We might call them corollaries to the
Golden Rule:

If it can be done, it will be done.
If you don’t do it, someone else will.
This is going to happen in every field.

If the Big Three automakers don’t make the cars people will both want and need in the future, Toyota will. And if Toyota
doesn’t do it, Tesla or someone else will.
If the Big Four record labels weren’t moving fast enough to embrace MP3 technology and the dematerialization of recorded
music, Apple was only too happy to step in.
Blockbuster didn’t move fast enough to make the home video rental business virtual, so Netflix did.
In the last presidential election, Mitt Romney didn’t grasp the potential of social media fundraising and web-based voter
interaction; Barack Obama’s people did.
If the major television networks don’t embrace interactive, personalized, high-bandwidth IPTV, then someone else will. And a
few years from now, perhaps the major television networks will not be ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, but YouTube, Netflix,
Vimeo, or someone else.
Always ask your customers what they want, but remember that they will always under answer. Therefore, it is far better to
follow my new Golden Rule of Business: Give your customers the ability to do what they can’t currently do, but would
want to… if they knew it was possible.

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DANIEL BURRUS is considered one of the world’s leading technology forecasters and innovation experts, and is the founder
and CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven
trends to help clients understand how technological, social and business forces are converging to create enormous
untapped opportunities. He is the author of six books including The New York Times best seller Flash Foresight.

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DANIEL BURRUS is considered one of the world’s leading technology forecasters and innovation experts, and is the founder
and CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology
driven trends to help clients understand how technological, social and business forces are converging to create
enormous untapped opportunities. He is the author of six books including The New York Times best seller Flash
Foresight.

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Here's why Manufacturing and Selling your Product Increases Your Chance
By Paul Niemann of MarketLaunchers.com

One of our readers asked me, via e-mail, why his chances of licensing his invention would increase if he first manufactures and sells the product at retail?

I replied that it is because you are removing much of the risk for the prospective licensee.

I'm currently working on getting licensing deals for some of my customers, so I know first-hand that there are several risks that a company - any company - must deal with.

These include:

1. The risk of dealing with an unknown and unproven product.

2. The risk of dealing with unknown problems that may come up, such as the failure of the product to do what you think it will do.

3. The risk that the market may reject your product.

4. The risk that a competitor may knock it off once it hits the market.

5. The risk that you may (unknowingly) be infringing on another company's product.

and

6. The risk of dealing with a stranger (you) who lives in another part of the country.

If you are already manufacturing and selling the product, then you're eliminating, or at least reducing, the first 4 risks.

You also reduce the amount of resistance from the "not-invented-here" syndrome that afflicts many companies. I realize that sometimes it is not feasible to manufacture and sell the product yourself, but these are some of the benefits to consider when making that decision.

At MarketLaunchers.com, we list our customers' inventions on our website's invention database, so they can be seen by companies that search for new products to acquire. This is another tool you can use when licensing your invention.

By the way, the 2 famous companies that Nolan Bushnell founded are: Atari and Chuck E. Cheese.

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© 2012 Market Launchers, Inc.

Paul Niemann runs MarketLaunchers.com, where he lists his customers' inventions on his website's invention database so they can be seen by companies that search for new products to acquire. Visit niemann7@aol.com or call Paul Niemann at (800) 337-5758 or niemann7@aol.com for more information.

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-- -- How to find product recalls --
-- On a daily basis, recalls are announced on various consumer products.
-- There are recalls on vehicles, foods, medicines and toys--just to name a few.
-- Consumers have the ability to learn of recalls that may impact the products they use.
-- Information on recalls in general can be found at www.recalls.gov/recent.html.

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-- For me, these are my top 55 most invigorating jargon phrases used at work:

1. Going forward
2. Drill-down
3. End of play
4. Touch base
5. It's on my radar
6. No brainer
7. Best of breed
8. Low hanging fruit
9. Reach out and touch
10. Dive deeper
11. Think outside the box
12. Positive momentum
13. On my plate
14. At the end of the day
15. Run the numbers by
16. Touch points
17. Keep your eye on the ball
18. Back to the drawing board
19. Get the ball rolling
20. Bang for your buck
21. Close the deal
22. When the rubber hits the road
23. Shift paradigm
24. Move the needle
25. Game-changing
26. Move the goal post
27. Value added
28. Win-win
29. Damn-it! Full speed ahead
30. All hands on deck
31. Got caught with his pants down
32. Raise it up the flagpole and we'll salute it
33. Count the feet and divide by four
34. When the shit hits the fan
35. Skating on thin ice
36. ? It don't add up .. Do it over right!
37. Stamp of approval
38. Baying at the moon
39. It's A-O.K.
40. Mark my words
41. Put up or shut up
42. Put your money where your mouth is
43. My way or the hi-way
44., Gun-deck-it
45. The light at the end of the tunnel
46. Economy sized
47. Stop the presses!
48. Man!
49. Bah, .. Humbug
50. So's your old man ;-)
51. Age before beauty
52. Your ox to gore
53. If I had your money.. ..?
54. When in doubt
55. Use your head

-- What do you think? Do you agree? Are these the most invigorating phrases?
Please let me know which ones you would add to this: president@inventorsconnection.org

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My Travels

I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots.
Apparently, you can't go alone.
You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito.
I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane.
They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there.

I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.
I live close so it's a short drive.

I would like to go to Conclusions,
but you have to jump,
and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt.
That is a sad place to go and I try not to visit there too often.

I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense!
It really gets the adrenaline flowing and pumps up the old heart!

At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

And, sometimes I think I am in Vincible but life shows me I am not.

People keep telling me I'm in Denial but I'm positive I've never been there before!

So far, I haven't been in Continent, but my travel agent says I'll be going soon.

Whatever it is that I'm looking for is in Perceptible,
I only think I know where I'm going? Who's to say?

Wishing you all safe travels!

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You have probably heard about the lawsuit over a spilled cup
of coffee. However, there are many other silly lawsuits
involving products that have received far less attention. For example:

A prescription of sleeping pills says,
"Warning: May cause drowsiness

A container of underarm deodorant says,
"Caution: Do not spray in eyes"

A cartridge for a laser printer warns: "Do not eat toner"

A cardboard car sunshield that keeps sun off the dashboard warns:
"Do not drive with sunshield in place"

A Bathroom Heater says:
"This product is not to be used in bathrooms"

A can of self-defense pepper spray warns users:
"May irritate eyes"

A popular manufactured fireplace log warns:
"Caution - Risk of Fire"

A box of birthday cake candles says: "DO NOT use soft wax
as ear plugs or for any other function that involves insertion
into a body cavity.
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-- "Doug Hougen, Inventor" -- You should attempt to follow this great personal example.

RCGA: Connecting you to Greater St. Louis The St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) connects business and civic communities in the 16-county,
bi-state region. Whether supporting public policy and infrastructure initiatives, or attracting new jobs, capital and talent --
the RCGA is leading the way to a Greater St. Louis.
-- --> EVENTS:

-- "SBTV - Small Business Television Network" -- YOUR TRUSTED TEAM FOR SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE

-- "Reinvent Your Career" --

-- "Lack of computer skills foils many job-seekers" -- "About a fifth of Americans don’t have Internet access at home, ... Their profile — generally older and less educated — correlates closely with the demographics of those suffering the fastest rises in unemployment, an analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows."

-- -- Thought of the day --

-- "It's not the mistakes that matter; it's how you deal with it, what you learn from it, and how you apply the lesson to your life." -- author unknown

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A 9-year old boy comes home unexpectedly from school. - On his way to his bedroom he accidentally spys his mother, together
with a naked stranger, in bed, in her bedroom. The boy mildly curious, sneaks a peak from inside her closet to watch the goings-on.
-- The woman's husband comes home. - Huridly, she puts her lover in the closet, not realizing that the little boy is already in there.

The little boy says, 'Dark in here.'
The man says, 'Yes, it is.'

Boy: 'I have a baseball.'
Man: 'That's nice.'

Boy: 'Want to buy it?'
Man: 'No, thanks.'

Boy: 'My Dad's outside.'
Man: 'OK, how much?'

Boy: '$250.00'

In the next few weeks it happens again that the boy and the lover are together in the closet.

Boy: 'Dark in here.'
Man: 'Yes, it is.'

Boy: 'I have a baseball glove.'
The lover, remembering the last time, asks the boy, 'How much?'

Boy: '$750.00.'
Man: 'Sold!'

A few days later, the Dad says to the boy, 'Grab your glove, let's go outside and have a game of catch.'

The boy says, 'I can't, I sold my baseball and my glove.'

The Dad asks, 'How much did you sell them for?'

Boy: '$1,000.00'

The Dad says, 'That's terrible to overcharge your friends like that...that is way more than those two things cost. I'm taking you to church to confession.'

They go to the church and the Dad makes the little boy sit in the confessional booth and closes the door.

The boy says, 'Dark in here.'
The priest says, 'Don't start that sh*t again; you're in my closet now!!' :-))

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-- -- Think About It! --

* Money doesn't bring you happiness, but it enables you to look for it in more places.

* Your conscience may not keep you from doing wrong, but it sure keeps you from enjoying it.

* Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

* Misers aren't much fun to live with, but they make great ancestors.

* Be careful what rut you choose. You may be in it the rest of your life.

* The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.

* When you see the handwriting on the wall, you can bet you're in a public restroom.

* Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.

* The real reason you can't take it with you is that it goes before you do.

* Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it.

* Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.

* A closed mouth gathers no feet.

* A man (or woman) who can smile when things go wrong has found someone to blame it on.

* A modern pioneer is a woman who can get through a rainy Saturday with a television on the blink.

* The world is full of willing people: some willing to work and some willing to let them.

* Money isn't everything....there's credit cards, money orders, and travelers checks.

-- "Certain physical or aural environments (music is very good) do indeed change our mood, which in turn changes how we think or, more specifically, what we think about. The best word I can think of is elevate. Our thinking us pushed upwards to matters of importance."

"Ideas have to be reduced to practice to have any practical worth." -- -- The question that should be asked is - "For what price do I sell my (invention) product? -- [Note that I didn't say "idea." -- Ideas have to be reduced to practice to have any practical worth.] --

-- O.K., what do we consider 'practical?'
--> "Delphion Gallery of Obscure Patents" --
-- -- -- The what-the-hecks? :-)
-- --- --> List of Crazy Patents ::
-- --- --->> On the Leading Edge --

-- PRICE = PERCEIVED VALUE = AHA! -->

-- This is, (I am thinking,) as 'Dr. Doolitle' would have said, "A Push-Me-Pull-You Question?" --

-- "Price makes the difference in the beginning. The product makes the price in the end." -- Robert Scheinkman

-- Get out and determine the cost of making and selling that 'great product' in the marketplace. - Marketing is what it's all about. In the marketplace is where it's at. That's where the money is to be made. -->

--> Contact the "Inventor Lady" -
Jan Healzer - call Jan @ 417-827-4498
- e-mail: jannie@jagmold.com ---> > janhealzer@inventionlady.com

-- A teriffic woman with personality..that's Jan Healzer in Nixa, MO. She has great marketing skills and comes with thirty years of experience that helps Jan make her various connections with Wal-mart and other big box department stores.

-- Jan tries to help new start-ups get a foothold into the door and works with "Ground Floor Opportunities."

-- Jan is a broker that has connections for "idea people" - inventors, buyers and manufacturers.
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--> Do you have Inventive Ideas keeping you awake at night? Have you been watching the fabulous TV show "American Inventor" or other invention shows on TV and thought, "I thought of that invention years ago." Or, "I have this great idea now, but how will I ever get my invention onto the market and become RICH, just like what I saw on the Oprah Winfrey Show?"

--> If you are fitting this category or are just plain wildly curious, come on out one Sunday each month and learn about the Invention Process.

--> The Southwest Missouri Inventors Network meets the first Sunday of each month from 2:00-4:00 at the Springfield, Missouri Library Center, at 4653 South Campbell.

--> Jan Healzer - better known as the Invention Lady, and one of the ladies you may have seen on midwest NBC TV, is facilitating this Network. You are invited to come, to ask questions and soak it all in.

--> As an attendance prize and just for fun, one of the people to this Inventors meeting will receive a unique inventors dream idea that is now on the market!

Jan Healzer
Invention Lady
(417)725-9274 - jannie@jagmold.com
P. S. If you have inventor friends that need a helping hand, get the word out to them. I would appreciate it. Come one - come all.

"Remember to invent is human... to get it on the market and actually sell enough to make a profit is divine." - James O'Loghlin

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--> Many a "Pet Rock" wasn't patented...it didn't need to be. - A trademark can be much more valuable than a patent. -->

--> It's called the United States Patent and Trademark Office. -- Think About That!

-- Go ahead, but don't fall for Scam Advertisements
--> "Marketing and Licensing Inventions" "Invention promotion companies are commercial organizations that profess to be able to take your idea and submit it to industry (presumably, so that you will make money). But they hire patent attorneys to file your patent application - marking it up thousands of dollars."

-- "Let’s say you patent a great product in the states. Well, once that patent gets issued and published, it serves as prior art (a defense, if you will) against anyone who would want to acquire a patent for the same product in another country. So, not only are your rights secured for the US, you also keep others from getting a patent on it in other countries." - Ken Campbell, Patent Agent

-- "Immortality lies not in the things you leave behind, but in the people your life has touched."
-- Unknown

--> "Inventions and Innovation Program" <--

-- "Global Market for Cellphone Ring Tones Is Shrinking - New York Times" --

"You must have a product that is positively unique, novel, beneficial, desired.."

-- "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

-- Check the marketplace. Find out where your product fits and is sold? Who has one or many similar to yours? Gauge your price on theirs. -- Know the Competition.

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-- "Spread the News PR - Media Exposure for Innovative Products & Services" --

-- Get in line. If you are at the end of the line, is it worth waiting? Are you going to be a 'me too' inventor? A copycat? -- You must have a product that is positively unique, novel, beneficial, desired -- that can get to the head of the line. If not, give up that fanciful idea. Keep dreaming and you'll think-up something else that will make you stand tall, a head above the many others. You will then find yourself at the head of that line. You'll see.

-- "The next 'American Idol'? Ask your computer"

-- "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson's words encouraging you to be your best.

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--> New Traffic Law 2010 - Ticket cost $754.00

-- GOOD THING TO KNOW: New Law: If a patrol car is pulled over to the side of the road, you will have to change to the next lane (away from the stopped vehicle) or slow down by 20 mph. Every state except Hawaii, Maryland and D.C. has this law. In California, the "Move-over" law became operative on January 1, 2010.

-- A friend's son got a ticket for this recently. A police car (turned out it was 2 police cars) was on the side of the road giving a ticket to someone else. He slowed down to pass, but did not move into the far outer lane. The second police car immediately pulled him over and gave him a ticket. He had never heard of the law. It is a fairly new law that states; if any emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, if you are able, you are to move into the far lane. The cost of the ticket was $754, with 3 points on his license and a mandatory court appearance. Please let everyone you know that drives, about this new law. See details at the following web address: http://www.moveoveramerica.com/

-- "Section 304-010 Definitions--maximum speed limits"
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The following 15 Police Comments were taken from actual police car videos around the country. Count down to #1...

#15 "In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC."

#14 "How big were those 'Just two beers' you say you had?"

#13 "If you take your hands off the car, I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document."

#12 "The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"

#11 "Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy, and corn dogs and step in monkey poo. "

#10 "Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I'm the shift supervisor?"

#9 "You don't know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anygthing I want to on the ticket, huh?"

#8 "If you run, you'll only go to jail tired."

#7 "Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that's the speed of the bullet that'll be chasing you."

#6 "Warning! You want a warning? O. K., I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket."

#5 "I'm glad to hear that chief (of Police) Hawker is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail."

#4 "No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we can."

#3 "Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven."

#2 "Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch after you wear them a while."

The envelope please.....................

AND THE WINNER IS ...

#1 "You didn't think we give pretty women tickets? You're right, we don't. Sign here."
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-- -- "Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask, "Why?" Then a voice answers, "Nothing personal. Your name just happened to come up." - Charles Schulz - "Peanuts" creator

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-- "In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies." -- Stephen Leacock

-- "Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens." -- Nick Diamos

-- "The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way." -- Samuel Butler

-- "Federal Bureau of Investigation - Press Room" -- THE VERDICT: HANG UP Don't Fall for Jury Duty Scam

-- "It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome." -- William James
1842-1910, Psychologist, Professor and Author

"..become an expert in your own enlightened field of real world expertise -- and do something productive.." -- George Washington Carver was offered a six-figure income to go to work for Thomas A. Edison. He chose to remain at Tuskegee Institute for a $1500 a year salary. - Carver invented and patented over 300 products using the peanut.

-- "Grandma's robot: How new tech helps seniors" --

-- "Foods That Heal ~ Grandma Faith's Website" --

-- "Fruits & Veggies Matter: Fruit & Vegetable of the Month" --

-- Well, I think that you think that you will find everything you wanted to know from what I have said and what is written in this IASL's website? -- No, not hardly. -- What I have said is only the 'tip of the iceberg.' You haven't gotten it all out of me. -- I can talk for hours. -- And I'm not going to tell you all I know. I'll just keep reading, listening and thinking. So should you.

--> You can then become an expert in your own enlightened field of real world expertise -- and do something productive, -- and in your case, charge for it ;-) do your own patent drawings.

-- A neighbor, an old Florida cracker, was leaning on the fence watching my progress and asked, "What the heck's that for?"

-- I explained, "It's a sun dial, see the sun will hit that small triangular spike and cast a shadow on the face of the sundial. Then, as the sun moves across the sky, the shadow also moves across the calibrated dial, enabling a person to determine the correct time."

-- My neighbor shook his head and muttered, "Huh, what will they think of next?"

-- All kidding aside..get this free publication that may be found inside the lobbies of banks and groceries - "The St. Louis Small Business Monthly" -- Omigosh! There is a goldmine of information there. Pick one up.

The one key element is YOU. You must want to have it! You have to learn and keep learning..have a deep seated desire for practicle knowledge.

-- "Find the experts, check their credentuals, and pay for what they can do for you or tell you."

-- The one key element is YOU. You must want to have it! You have to learn and keep learning..have a deep seated desire for practicle knowledge.

-- I can't tell you everything. I don't know everything.

-- But what I do know is this: "If you've got something worthwhile, keep it to yourself." -- For once you have given it away, they don't need you anymore.

-- Learn the art of giving just enough away so that it will leave you gin a comfortable position. This worldly knowledge is found in 'those' books and from those who have written those books. They will give you your cost/price ratios.

-- "INVENTION SECRETS FOR INVENTORS #7: GETTING EVERYTHING THAT'S COMING TO YOU -- WorldInventionsCenter.com" --

-- That leaves charging for what you or others need or want?

-- You pay them for it or they pay you for it by negotiating the price: e.g., One tosses out a price and then the other comes back and tries to whittle it down or agrees to it. That's simply the way it works. Both parties should feel that a fair deal has been struck.

-- Find the experts, check their credentuals, and pay for what they can do for you or tell you. :-)

-- You'll get the most comprehensive and sensible 'idea information' when you come to the meetings of the Inventors Association of St. Louis. There you will meet the experts and gain the powers of their expertise.

-- And I do hope you will become available to pass on 'your own expert advice' onto the others, to help them to do well. Have a real good day.

-- (signed) Robert Scheinkman, President, Inventors Association of St. Louis.

-- "I am a nobody, and nobody is perfect; therefore I am perfect." - My wife disagrees ;^)

"And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all." - Socretes

-- -- "When it comes to politics, when two people think the same, one of them isn't thinking." --
-- Apothegm: A short, witty, and instructive saying.

"Female Keywords And Their Meanings"
-- -- I hope this clears up most misunderstandings...

"Fine": This is the word we use at the end of any argument that we feel we are right about but need to shut you up. NEVER use fine to describe how woman looks. This will cause you to have one of those arguments.

"Five minutes": This is half an hour. It is equivalent to the five minutes that your football game is going to last before you take out the trash, so it's an even trade.

"Nothing": This means something and you should be on your toes. "Nothing" is usually used to describe the feeling a woman has of wanting to turn you inside out, upside down, and backwards. "Nothing" usually signifies an argument that will last "Five Minutes" and end with the word "Fine."

"Go Ahead" (with raised eyebrows): This is a dare. One that will result in a woman getting upset over "Nothing" and will end with the word "Fine."

"Go Ahead" (normal eyebrows): This means "I give up" or "do what you want because I don't care." You will get a raised eyebrow "Go ahead" in just a few minutes, followed by "Nothing" and "Fine" and she will talk to you in about "Five Minutes" when she cools off.

:::...... This is not actually a word, but is still often a verbal statement very misunderstood by men. A "Loud Sigh" means she thinks you are an idiot at that moment and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you over "Nothing."

...::... Again, not a word, but a verbal statement. "Soft Sighs" are one of the few things that some men actually understand. She is content. Your best bet is to not move or breathe and she will stay content.

"Oh": This word followed by any statement is trouble. Example; "Oh, let me get that."... Or, "Oh, I talked to him about what you were doing last night." If she says "Oh" before a statement, RUN, do not walk, to the nearest exit. She will tell you that she is "Fine" when she is done tossing your clothes out the window, but do not expect her to talk to you for at least 2 days. "Oh" as the lead to a sentence usually signifies that you are caught in a lie. Do not try to lie more to get out of it, or you will get raised eyebrows "Go ahead" followed by acts so unspeakable that we can't bring ourselves to write about them.

"That's Okay": This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can say to a man. "That's Okay," means that she wants to think long and hard before paying you retributions for what ever it is that you have done.

"That's Okay" is often used with the word "Fine" and used in conjunction with a raised eyebrow "Go ahead." At some point in the near future when she has plotted and planned, you are going to be in some mighty big trouble.

"Please Do": This is not a statement, it is an offer. A woman is giving you the chance to come up with whatever excuse or reason you have for doing whatever it is that you have done. You have a fair chance to tell the truth, so be careful and you shouldn't get a "That's Okay."

"Thanks": A woman is thanking you. Do not faint; just say you're welcome.

"Thanks a lot": This is much different from "Thanks." A woman will say, "Thanks a lot" when she is really ticked off at you. It signifies that you have hurt her in some callous way, and will be followed by the "Loud Sigh." Be careful not to ask what is wrong after the "Loud Sigh," as she will only tell you "Nothing."

Strange Information

- Now You'll Know Why

Q: Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs?

A: Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called "pygg." When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as "pygg banks." When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a bank that resembled a pig. And it caught on.

Q: Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars have notches, while pennies and nickels do not?

A: The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins containing gold and silver to discourage holders from shaving off small quantities of the precious metals. Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched because they used to contain silver. Pennies and nickels aren't notched because the metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave.

Q: Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left?

A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. And that's where women's buttons have remained since.

Q: Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?

A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.

Q: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called "passing the buck"?

A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility, he would "pass the buck" to the next player.

Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?

A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would then just touch or clink the host's glass with his own.

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts.... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.'

It's where we get the phrase 'Mind your P's and Q's'

Q: Why are people in the public eye said to be "in the limelight"?

A: Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and stage lighting by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theater, performers on stage "in the limelight" were seen by the audience to be the center of attention.

Q: Why do ships and aircraft in trouble use "mayday"as their call for help?

A: This comes from the French word m'aidez -meaning "help me" -- and is pronounced "mayday,"

Q: Why is someone who is feeling great "on cloud nine"?

A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.

Q: Why are zero scores in tennis called "love"?

A: In France , where tennis first became popular, a big, round zero on scoreboard looked like an egg and was called "l'oeuf," which is French for "egg." When tennis was introduced in the US , Americans pronounced it "love."

Q: In golf, where did the term "Caddie" come from?

A. When Mary, later Queen of Scots, went to France as a young girl (for education &survival), Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scot game "golf." So he had the first golf course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it into "caddie." So now you know!