Come on a journey with me for a few moments.
Close your eyes and imagine yourself quietly sipping a glass of wine on your porch while the sun sets in a blaze of gold and red glory into horizon. The date is July 9, 2028 (10 years from now). But your are thinking about a different date: July 9, 2018, 10 years into the past.
You are wondering, “what if I had chosen to take a different path 10 years ago, what would my life be like now?”
“What if I had taken a chance, decided to step out and do what I really wanted to do? What if I had started that business or made that career change I dreamed of – instead of staying on my ‘safe and secure' career path? What would my life be like today?”
I bet you have had this conversation with yourself on more than one occasion. Maybe you have gone on such a thought ‘journey' this week or even today.
It has been said that most people on their death beds don't regret the choices they made in life, they regret ones they didn't make – their unfulfilled dreams.
Do you ever feel such pangs of regret?
Guess what? It's not too late!
About 10 years ago, I had one of those ‘wine sipping evenings' – after which I decided to take a chance, to leave the ‘security' of my telecom job to pursue my dream as a full-time inventor and entrepreneur. I burned my bridges and focused on my dream.
It was a rocky, bumpy road with countless setbacks and frustrations – for 5 years I made dramatically less than I had in telecom.
But, I spent two years on QVC, pitching my slim wallet invention to millions of QVC viewers – an exhilarating (and scary) experience I will never forget. I manufactured my product in China and made two trips to China (another amazing experience) and today I speak a bit of Mandarin! 你好吗？
When I finally licensed my invention to Allstar Products in 2015, my product was a hit in the marketplace, selling more than 1,000,000 wallets in the first year. My life was transformed. I took a 3-week vacation to Australia (snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef), two trips to Hawaii, and in 2017 I took my kids to see Machu Picchu. Three items off my bucket list!
Had I chosen to stay on the safe, steady path, none of these life adventures would have come my way. It was definitely the right choice for me.
I have seen with my own eyes the kind of life transformation that can come with a successful invention.
My regret is that so few inventors ever get a taste of success with their products. Day in, day out, they pay the price of admission: working long hours to develop their product and pitching it to companies. But after years of striving and lots of money, most finally just give up.
I want to prevent that. I want you to succeed too.
I Want to Help You Do What I Have Done
It is time to burn my bridges – again.
My passion project is to do all in my power to help thousands of inventors and creatives like you to realize your dreams. I have learned a lot over 15 years, and I can help you. Here are the 4 elements of my mission:
- Training – most of which is free – via blogs and my website (alanbeckley.com) – on topics of interest
- Webinars and online courses to give you guidance with your day-to-day struggles
- Twice-monthly podcasts to interview interesting guests, provide you with their insights
- Help you to license your invention – so you can actually make money, not just spend it
Why do I say that this is ‘burning my bridges'? Here's why.
Of the above laudable endeavors, only one (2.) will pay me anything in the short-term (next 6 months – 1 year).
Yet, like all of you, I have bills to pay every month. It is a very risky plan and quite likely to fail. So, why am I doing this?
Simple. I want to leverage what I have learned, the mistakes I have made to help you to get to success with your invention more quickly. I know I can do this because I have already helped a variety of inventors, but my vision is much larger:. I hope to eventually help thousands of inventors. I know I can do it.
So, I think the risk is worth it. What do you think?
Now It's Your Turn. Does This Make Sense?
Henry Ford had said if he asked people what they wanted him to design, they would have told him “design a faster horse.”
No one has asked me to do this – and there is the real risk that you and other inventors don't want what I am creating.
So, now, it's your turn. Please just reply to this email and answer for me the question below!
As the Genie of Inventing, what do you want me to provide?
Am I on the right track, the wrong track? The more responses I get, the better I can design stuff for you!