Let’s face it, with all the waiting and wondering if you got it right this time, inventing can get pretty depressing. Not long ago, Cathy VerSchneider, my good friend who is our former webmaster and use to be in charge of the newsletter, connected me with Good News Network www.goodnewsnetwork.org which is a site that reports nothing but Good News.
If you sign up for their Morning Jolt of Good News, they will send you an email with 3 or 4 articles every morning, some of which can give you a reason to push forward with a positive attitude.
This article is a good example, http://bit.ly/2JNrvMH . It has nothing to do with inventors. It is about a paraplegic who was desperately trying to get home after hearing the tornado warning siren. A number of motorists yelled at him to hurry up or get to safety. Then one car stopped. A 16 year old boy got out and pushed the man a quarter mile uphill to his home which normally would have taken the man a grueling 25 minutes.
They actually became friends and the ending is very touching but I am leaving that up to your imagination or curiosity. Let’s see how many click the link to the story to find out what happened.
After I read the article I did relate it to inventors. We are always being ridiculed and taunted by naysayers as we struggle to complete our journey.
What we need to do as inventors is to share our good fortune, like the boy in the story shared his physical well being, we can share our knowledge and experiences with those who need a helping hand. I can almost guarantee you that a bond will develop. That is what you can do before and after the meetings. Talk to the person sitting next to you. You never know who can help who.
We must vacate the building before 3:30 but that doesn’t mean you have to go home. We’re in a park! There are covered picnic tables, seats right outside the building as well as coffee shops and the like (with Air Conditioning) on your way to 95. I’m just sayin’… We’re all in this together. Let’s make the best of it.
Speaking about making the best of it, we’ve been getting some really great speakers. One of our recent speakers was Dan Gudema who gave a presentation on The Almighty Pitch. He runs the Start Up Pop Pitch Event. It is mainly for tech startups but I have seen other projects there as well.
Nobody is born ready to pitch but as sure as the nose on your face, you will need to pitch your project to someone someday. One of the best ways to get started is to hear other people pitch their projects. Some will be good, some might be great and some … well, it is also very educational to see what should not be done.
Dan has an event coming up on June 20th at 6:00 pm in Boca. It is free to attend, so what have you got to lose? If you are ready to pitch this could be your big chance. Check it out here. http://bit.ly/2WAxWbI
Last but certainly not least, our meeting on 6/8/19 is coming up real soon and it is going to be Great! The dynamic duo of research, Eileen and Tom Fischlschweiger will be tantalizing us with all sorts of new information and programs you can use but you really need to register here http://bit.ly/2LmumxP to attend.
Don’t wait to the last minute. If something comes up, you can always text me, even right before the meeting to release your spot to someone else at 561-676-5677.
At the last meeting, we came very close to overloading the room. If so, we would have had to ask the last walk-ins to leave. Nobody wants to do that but rules are rules and we don’t want to lose our venue. If we get most of our seats registered early enough, I can ask the hall to open the wall and give us extra seats but that is an extra expense for them. So if we don’t use them, they will be less receptive should I ask again.
By the way, if you have an accomplishment or a short story that you would like to share with the group, please let me know and I will try to make some time for you at the meeting. Remember, “it ain’t braggin’ if it’s true” and your accomplishment might just give someone else a push up their hill. (I can almost picture a group of starry-eyed people singing…)
That’s What Clubs Are For,