Looking for New Business Ideas? Maybe You Should Ask a Kid

philmckinney | October 21, 2013


Creative Kids

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 kids 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.
  • And Kelly Reinhart came up with the idea for the “T-Pak” when she was only six years old!

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.

So if your looking for a new business idea, go find a kid.




Posted by Francisco on Oct 21st, 2013

Kids always
do or say the unthinkable. No Tabus thanks to their inoncence. Just smart and
spontaneous. We have to go back to the future to innovate our thoughts like
kids, just simple.

Posted by Phil Mckinney on Oct 22nd, 2013

I’m getting a 2nd chance with the birth of my first two grand-kids. Its a hoot to hear/watch them — and re-learn child-like creativity.

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