Stupid Ideas that made people millionaire

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Hi guys,

I was surfing on the web and I find an article very interesting. Unfortunally it is in portuguese, but I'm sure you can find it in english, once it is about american companies.

Basically, the ideas are:

- Million Dollar Homepage: The guy who sold pixels on his homepage and made 1 million dollars

- SantaMail: A guy got a adress in Alaska and made a website for moms and dads to send letters to their children. He made like 2 million dollars

- Doggles: The company make sunglassess and sun protectors for dogs.

- Antenna Balls: They make balls for car antennas. That's all. And they are rich.

-Fit Deck: This one really excited me. He made a buch of decks where each card has an instruction to make an exercise or sport. There is for yoga, soccer, body weight, etc. He made 4.7 million dollars in 1 year.

- PositivesDating.Com: A website for HIV positive people can know each other and have a relationship.

- Designer Diaper Bags: A woman, develop the website where the moms buy bags to carry their baby's diapers. I ridiculous idea that made her a lot of money. She has 120 fisical stores around the globe.

- Picky Domains: Don't you know what domain to pick for your company? They choose for you. And if you don't like any, the give your money back.

- Lucky Wishbone: They sell exactly what it means. Lucky wishbones. And it isn't even a real one. And they make 1 million dolars per year.

See, there is a lot of trash ideas that make a lot of money.

As I said, I got really excited for the Fitdeck idea. Once, there isn't anything like that in Brazil and there is a lot of people who doesn't have too much money here. Do you think it can be an good idea?
#ideas #made #millionaire #people #stupid
  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Everything we use was once somebody's idea. Do you think 100 years ago that people would believe we could talk to people around the world by using a "box" and it would not cost anything?
    What about walking on the moon? cars? aeroplanes, nuclear weapons, millions of ideas...some better than others and some make people richer than others.
    Look at Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook... such a seemingly simple idea and now it has more than 1/7th of the planet accessing it.

    Cheers, Laurence.

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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    yup i agree. It's interesting they all made good money with their own ideas, i liked the SantaMail's idea. that makes sense.
    Do you also have any crazy Idea???
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  • Profile picture of the author brubsss
    yeah, I have a lot of stupid ideas. But I don't go forward with them because I think they are, you know, stupid. hahah
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  • Profile picture of the author Todd Collins
    Its wicked and eye opening. If you have any idea that makes even a little sense then you run with it. People who dont take risks end up working in corporations.
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  • Profile picture of the author abbe77
    I think 21st century is Stupid Ideas era
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    My first experience was similar to Fitdeck. In 2005 I ran one of the most popular penny stock sites on the Internet, and most of my pages were generally one of the top 3 search results for any ticker symbol. Ah, the good old days when you could get away with stuff like that. The site held its own in ad revenue and featuring companies on the home page, but that's not where the big payout came from.

    I created a deck of playing cards, where each card would feature a different stock, then solicited all of the companies. For $25,000 they could have their logo, ticker symbol, etc. on any available card they wanted, and they could pay the $25,000 with restricted stock (making their cost effectively zero). The decks of cards would be given away at investor conferences, or to anyone who requested one from our site - 100,000 decks printed, and placed in the hands of investors interested in penny stocks for years to come. The first 52 takers either paid the fee or issued the equivalent value in stock, and once all 52 spots were sold we had the decks printed and followed through with what we said we would do.

    Cost to print and distribute the decks was about $250k and the value of the sales after getting the restricted legends removed was over $1.6 million. Sold a huge chunk of it to cover the cost of the decks and make some money, and I still hold a lot of these stocks today.

    Unfortunately it would be illegal to duplicate this style of marketing due to some of the newer SEC regulations, but it was an easy cash grab for its era.

    Ron Rule

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  • Profile picture of the author malia
    Those ideas aren't necessarily trash ideas, albeit some are better than others. If you're walking around looking at ideas that are actually really great, calling them trash, it's no wonder you're struggling to come up with something.

    Besides it's like 1% idea, 99% execution.
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  • Profile picture of the author GforceSage
    How about the brothers who just simply built a better duck call and parlayed that into $$$ as well as a TV show. Ya never know what's gonna hit sometimes.
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      How about the Chia Pet


      "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas Edison

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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Burritt
    Good way to have a great idea is to have a lot of ideas.

    Better way to have a great idea is to copy someone else's great idea
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  • Profile picture of the author Shenpen
    Originally Posted by brubsss View Post

    ... a lot of trash ideas that make a lot of money.
    Facebook comes to mind...
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  • Profile picture of the author Donowhy
    Its crazy to think about how such simple ideas can completely turn around someone's life. Imagine what you could do with an extra million or so dollars.
    However allot of people make the mistake of thinking small with get rich quick and easy schemes. Don't fall into this mentality.

    I'm working on a few projects dealing with AI and autonomous personal assistants with my uni professors. I honestly believe this will end up making me far more money than anything I do in IM. (Honestly, I find IM enjoyable, like a hobby really. I love to learn and implement information, as well as making money)

    But don't let that be discouraging either- Big thinking does not require some fancy degree at all. Think outside the box and pursue knowledge on your own. We have so much free content available to us. Many top level colleges are hosting Free online courses where you can learn almost anything you want.

    Take away what you want from this- Just don't be afraid to think outside the box. Thats exactly what these guys did (as mentioned in OP's first post). I don't think they brainstormed specifically around what other people have done in the past.
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  • Profile picture of the author Magicpollux
    The best ideas are not necessarily the most complicated, you make the evidence. Your post is like a breath of fresh air, thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author carnal
    There Is a guy who sold a month old app to Dropbox for $100M, talk about making a quick buck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Saxguy
    Hi. My first post here on the Warrior forum. I have to say that the statement, "stupid ideas that made people millionaires" has to be a bit of an oxymoron. These are all fantastic ideas. Simple, yes, stupid NO. But I know what you mean.

    Like most folk, I have had my own "stupid" ideas over the years. Some of them I strongly believe do have great potential. The hard part is making them happen. Inventors of great products invariably die poor. It is those who have the knowledge and dare I say it "cunning" to exploit those ideas who see the big bucks! Look for example at the program Dragons Den. There are some quite fantastic ideas, and some very clever inventors who come through the doors. The ones with all the money however, are the ones, sitting waiting to pounce and exploit!

    Imagine if you were the one who had thought about the "sell a pixel" website. Many, including myself would have not known how to build such a website themselves. So what do you do? Take the idea to some whiz kid website builder who might then steal that idea?... or do you go to a reputable company(?) who charge a fortune?... else do you undertake weeks/months of study in order that you try and build it all yourself?

    See what I mean. The idea is simple, but the practice of getting it up and running is hard. Facebook. Another relatively simple idea on the surface, but wow, getting people you can trust to do the hard task of setting it up, and keeping it a secret, or stopping them from stealing it from you....!

    Yes, often the idea is the easy part, but getting it from the drawing board to the real world is the problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    There was a time not so long ago when almost everybody drank tap water. NO ONE back in those days would have paid for a bottle of water. Now drinking water is a multi-billion dollar business.
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    • Profile picture of the author FelixFuturi
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      There was a time not so long ago when almost everybody drank tap water. NO ONE back in those days would have paid for a bottle of water. Now drinking water is a multi-billion dollar business.
      Yah it is ironic too that everyone I know laughed at the idea. They said who would be stupid enough to pay for something that comes free right out of the tap!

      Times change, and sometimes it is pretty funny.
      Business Coach, Life Coach, Developer, Marketer
      Felix Futuri - Professional Development Community
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  • Profile picture of the author amilo70
    No idea is stupid. It's all about imagination and what's possible. I could become extremely rich by selling bended pens so you can use the pen in different situations. I have thousands of ideas going on in my mind. Remember don't let anyone stop you because your idea sounds stupid. I know a guy who became a rich by selling plastic.

    Life is really simple but, we insist on making it complicated.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kalanag
    Nothing stupid with that ideas: Great, simple ideas (like Facebook) and the skill and determination to make it happen.

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  • Profile picture of the author WpHelpSupport
    Even Pinterest and Vine were regarded as stupid ideas... in a way

    Article: What a stupid idea by Dustin Curtis
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  • Profile picture of the author Privatelabelsupps
    Love seeing things like this.. it just shows that new ideas are still making people money every day
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  • Profile picture of the author AJMontoya
    Kind of like the Pet Rock craze in the 1970s. Some guy marketed rocks as the "perfect pet" because you don't have to feed them, walk then, clean up after them, etc. in 6 months he sold over 1.5 million of these rocks and became a millionaire. Insane.
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  • Profile picture of the author alvinchua91
    lol. The best idea was the one where some dude made a LOT of money selling rocks/stones as pets
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  • Profile picture of the author iove234lifee
    I'm sure all these ideas have been thought about before, it was the people who took action and made it happen, they are the ones making the big bucks
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    You guys left out the single best stupid idea that made the inventor many many many millions.

    The, Pet Rock
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  • Profile picture of the author probo
    crazy ideas get viral fast now days...I might have one
    Find AI Experts on AiExperts.Me Get Ahead or Left Behind.
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    • Profile picture of the author SuccessMarketer
      If you think about it, all of those ideas have one thing in common:
      They all fulfil a need or want

      So the best way to come up with these ideas is to ask ourselves:

      1) What is it that people need or will solve their problems?

      2) What is it that people want?

      - Let your mind come up with solutions and get to work
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  • Profile picture of the author cheddarben
    It hasn't made me millions, but it has been nice. I wrote a cookbook.... Fifty Shades of Bacon.
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  • Profile picture of the author vne5
    LOL... my father worked on the multi-millon dollar home of they guy that invented the little metal button on the top of your baseball cap. One thing you need to do to be a successful entrepreneur, is just take a look around you. Everything that you see was created by someone and there's a really good chance that, that someone is wealthy because of it. I told this to a young kid once...he said "what about the trees planted here" and I said "We live in a city, do you think these trees just magically appeared in a perfect row down the street?"
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    • Profile picture of the author bjloper
      I think of ideas and inventions as top secret information even if it consist of software or a wishbone even a lucky charm plastic necklace. Here's why, it is not a patented idea, anyone you tell it to, can take your idea and use it.

      As for the 21st century must terrible ideas comment, you are right I think not too many bright minds are being born into our world.
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      • Profile picture of the author cheddarben
        Here's why, it is not a patented idea, anyone you tell it to, can take your idea and use it.
        Up until March of this year, there was a First to Invent rule that if you could prove with documentation that you invented first, you would have a right to the patent. Now, it is first to file.... which is slightly different and sounds like it may be brought through the court system as unconstitutional. Still...IF you have the documentation that you invented an item and then go through all the costs of actually filing a patent and patenting an item, then you will have the offensive tool of a Patent.

        Then.... be prepared to spend more.

        Honestly, people can use your patent anyways if they want, but it only is useful if you want to take the time, effort and money to pursue a legal battle.
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        • Profile picture of the author MrMurray
          I find a big help in following ideas through is to:
          1. Always enjoy when people think you're crazy.
          2. Surround yourself with idea generating material and be always on the lookout for ways of advancing your ideas.
          3. Read biographies of people who've turned ideas into reality, these provide motivation like you wouldn't believe! Highly recommened James Caan's Biography.
          4. Relish the fear of jumping in at the deep end, like when you go on a roller coaster! (This post is me jumping into the warrior forum so v. relevant!)
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  • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
    Everyone in the world has ideas.

    the millionaires and billionaires take action and execute their ideas

    In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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  • Profile picture of the author Silverton
    Take an idea and add you own twist to it to make it different and unique. The main thing is to stay focused on it and don't give up. That's how all the others became successful with there ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    I love watching SharkTank and some of the ideas introduced, it makes you wonder....
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  • Profile picture of the author Dutto
    I know the guy who up with the idea of mobile text messaging was laughed at too.

    Ha? how many phones come without text messaging feature?
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  • Profile picture of the author charto911
    cha cha chia pet.

    You have to be willing to continously strike out and have people tell you that your crazy and you will not succeed. Please do not give up trying. Some ideas are not meant to excel and thats okay. It's know thats important. Concentrate on the end goal and remember proper execution
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