QUESTION: You said, “After the success of Better Blocks you had a bit of self doubt. Am I a one hit wonder?” How did you get out of that sort of thinking? Selling yourself short. Was there something in your head that just went snap?
ANSWER: Actually, it didn’t quite go snap. It was an evolution for me. I was beginning to be asked by schools to speak to their students about inventing. What I found was that the kids would not only ask questions about inventing, but start asking questions about entrepreneurship, finances and money. I began to realise that there was not a lot of good information available that would teach kids about inventing, entrepreneurship or how money worked in the real world. That was really the seed from which my next product grew. To share with kids what I had learnt about inventing, entrepreneurship and money. What had worked for my and what hadn’t.
My problem was, I had an engineering background, not an educational background. Give me a building block to physically design and make…I can do that. Give me an education program to build, and I have to be honest, I had no idea how to do that! So I spent the next 15 years, researching educational products, researching the most effective ways to teach kids. I came up with some surprising and highly valuable information on how to effectively teach kids, in fact anyone of any age!
But the bottom line for me was; kids learn best from other kids. If the learning’s fun and entertaining, they’ll learn. If you can get those two ingredients in, then you can build a program that will be great for teaching kids.
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