Micro Entrepreneurism, Simple Living & Art
in a haiku:
how can people think
that they are the only ones
to have an idea?
in real speak, full on:
We make things. We make all sorts of things. We make the things we feel like making, pretty much when and how we feel like making them. OK?
Now, being that we are creators of awesomeness, and we are fairly talented, and we work with bad ass materials, people often desire us to make more awesome things, because we don’t make exactly the thing they want. So they suggest things to us. Sometimes they are already things we’ve thought of and just haven’t gotten around to designing, sometimes they are things we hadn’t considered yet. None the less, we file these little suggestions away in a special place (our heads), for safe keeping, for when we decide to make something new.
Reasonable right? Totally. The unreasonableness comes when we finally do make something that someone (or LOTS of someones) had suggested that we make (and I don’t mean they gave us a design, I mean they said something along the lines of: “hey, why don’t you guys make a backpack? that’d be super cool!”), and then when they find out we did make one they email us to say they are super stoked and oh by the way can they have a discount on buying one because they gave us the idea!!
The first time this happened I was incredulous. I couldn’t even put my thoughts into words for 2 days. Do you know how many people (including me?!?!) wanted us to make a backpack?? I’d estimate the number to be around 30. Seriously. So to this backpack dude, when I could speak/type without spitting venom, I wrote him a very nice email explaining that lots of people had asked us to make one, that I, myself had in fact been wanting one for years. His answer: he gave us the idea, lots of other companies give people perks like this, he couldn’t believe we were unwilling to give him any credit, he was just going to go buy somebody else’s backpack (some discounted model at an outlet store to be exact. How that even compares to ours is still beyond me). I had even tried to throw in a little small business/made in America education to no avail.
That story over. I really thought that that guy was one of a kind… until today. Same story with our new padfolios. This time I think I’m going to be better of foregoing an answer, because nothing I’m going to say is going to be what he wants to hear.
Ideas are free people. Everybody has them. It’s the people that make them happen that deserve the credit.