QUESTION: Are inventors born wearing an inventor’s hat?
ANSWER: I wasn’t born an inventor, but my parents were very creative people, so I had great role models. My dad was involved in engineering and my mum was a dressmaker. As a kid, I just used to like making “stuff,” although, looking back, it was more pulling “stuff” apart…then trying to figure out where the leftover parts belonged after I had finished putting it back together! I would pull apart electronic gadgetry, old bikes, and machines, anything I could get my hands on. My parents encouraged this inquisitive side of me. From making “stuff’ like Billy carts out of junk I found lying around and testing them, I learnt that…. some ideas worked. But many didn’t.
As I got older I became involved in motor bike racing, I enjoyed developing faster and faster bikes that would break the next record and then off I would go chasing the next record. This is where one of the lessons I learnt as a kid came in very valuable. Some of the engines I made were very fast but other’s weren’t as successful and just blew apart! So I had to go back to the drawing board and start over again, just like when I was a kid when I was testing my Billy cart. One of the reasons BetterBlocks became successful was because of one lesson I learnt as a kid. Some ideas worked and some didn’t and perseverance is the key. I had to keep going to get to the end….to where I wanted to go. This is simple persistence and I’ve applied it to all of my inventions, my race bikes, my business and my relationships.