QUESTION: Is successful inventing really as easy as trying something else when your idea doesn’t work?
ANSWER: To be honest.. No! When I was developing Better Blocks© I was $100,000 in debt, people were ringing me up to get the money that I owed them. I had to renegotiate payment plans with them. There wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t think ‘Gee, what am I going to do now? I’m not going to make it by doing the same old thing.’ (just a note here, ‘Gee’ is a polite word I have written here to replace the real word I used!) But I always believed in my invention and my end goal, which was that millions of kids around the world would be playing with my Better Blocks©. Happy kids and happy parents having fun, visualising this end result is what kept me going. When times were really tough, I just recalled what I was really trying to achieve and I would say to myself ’Okay, Warren, just put in one more effort.’ It was really like that, knowing where I wanted to go and just putting in another effort. Sometimes I would kick a goal and sometimes I would kick out of bounds and I would have to regroup and start again. But it was all about persistence. That was one thing I really learned with Better Blocks©. My Better Blocks was an okay idea, it was a building block like Lego, but my blocks moved when clipped together. I’m just kind of an average guy that went to school. I saw some far better ideas than mine and came across far more intelligent inventors than me. But they didn’t succeed which made me start to think, what did I do that worked? Really it was just about being persistent, you know, the only sure way to fail is to stop trying. I was probably a bit pig headed sometimes but I did just keep going, and eventually, Better Blocks© was successful. That was the skill I needed to start out with…. just being persistent.