Why you should make useless things

by WF- Enzo Administrator
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Make useless things? Sell them? Really?

To start things, yeah well there will always be that useless product you just bought off the shelf of that department store. Or you might even have bought a WSO here, only to realise it might not be suited for you and you assume it's useless.

So why make useless things if people won't even use them? Watch this TED Talk by Simone Giertz as she shares her craft of making useless robots.

#make #things #useless
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  • Profile picture of the author maxdosh
    This is incredibly amazing and inspiring at the same time. Thanks for the share
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  • Profile picture of the author Profit Traveler
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    Not really feeling that one at all my friend.

    Bills are coming and no time to be making useless junk. I need to make something useful for me or others or both. Like yesterday.

    But I can relate in the fact that sometimes I go online and make factual comments on various platforms that I know will never sink into the craniums of certain people but I do it anyway. I feel better after that knowing I released obvious truths and facts that people try to dismiss out into the world.

    For me that is important. Not in any way trying to belittle what she does and thinks or upvote what I believe and think.

    Different strokes for different folks as long as we are not insulting another directly and indirectly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Maria Morzanet
    This is such an inspiring talk!
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  • Profile picture of the author Medon
    I beg to differ. Invention is brought about by a need. It is a solution to a need. So there is no way you can make something that is useless. Someone else will find it helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Stanley
    Imo part of her appeal just resides in the fun of watching someone materialize their own funky/creative idea ... it's just not something you see every day, and almost looks like a magic trick. But I do think her shtick in general does connect to the idea of trial and error engendering useless product > less useless product > useful product. There's a great book by Matt Ridley just out called "How Innovation Works" which provides tons of really interesting case studies in that vein..
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  • Profile picture of the author Profit Traveler
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    At least Gallagher with his Sledge-O-Matic made cash and entertained with his crazy funny inventions on stage.

    Maybe it's the headline...Why She Makes Useless Things. Better.

    She made video of her making that vest and its less than zero impact.

    Could have made a glitter cover for hand sanitizer bottle and sold it on Etsy.
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  • Profile picture of the author susan2015parker
    I think invention is all about people's needs. Things are created when there is a need for it in the market! For you, one thing might be useless but there are 7 billion people out there and there are high chances that someone may need that thing for some purpose. Nothing can be useless; it would be helpful for someone else!
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    • Profile picture of the author Profit Traveler
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      Originally Posted by susan2015parker;11612207[B

      ]I think invention is all about people's needs. [/B]Things are created when there is a need for it in the market! For you, one thing might be useless but there are 7 billion people out there and there are high chances that someone may need that thing for some purpose. Nothing can be useless; it would be helpful for someone else!

      Needful AND Useless?
      She made blue helmet with crazy mechanical toothbrush that probably could take her eye out.
      She made a vest with supposedly fake eyeballs you cant really even see.
      Sure you watched?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Zenert
    This is crazy, but inspirational....
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  • Profile picture of the author JosMktg
    At least it gives pause to think and consider. When I first saw this thread I thought - "pet rock" sold like gangbusters years ago. But even more useless was the person some years back who sold an origami product that was just a crumpled piece of paper. Sorry to say but useless still sometimes sells.
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  • Profile picture of the author itsmohiit
    this is a inspiring talk!
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  • Profile picture of the author incomenow
    Originally Posted by WF- Enzo View Post

    Make useless things? Sell them? Really?

    To start things, yeah well there will always be that useless product you just bought off the shelf of that department store. Or you might even have bought a WSO here, only to realise it might not be suited for you and you assume it's useless.

    So why make useless things if people won't even use them? Watch this TED Talk by Simone Giertz as she shares her craft of making useless robots.

    Why you should make useless things

    This makes a lot of sense to me, thanks. Even some useless things made in the past can turn into streams of income unexpectedly. I've seen many instances already. Thanks again for getting me inspired!
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    • Profile picture of the author Medon
      Originally Posted by incomenow View Post

      This makes a lot of sense to me, thanks. Even some useless things made in the past can turn into streams of income unexpectedly. I've seen many instances already. Thanks again for getting me inspired!
      This is what I was saying. Nothing is useless since everything is inspirational.
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  • Profile picture of the author wentzco
    This post reminded me of an article I read yesterday at https://thehustle.co/the-man-who-has...ss-inventions/

    Matty Benedetto has been creating "unnecessary" inventions with approaching about 200 of them at the moment . He sells 16 of them at https://www.unnecessaryinventions.com/ and one of them raised over $100000 in sales (Jigsaw Coffee Table). Companies even pay him to make custom unnecessary inventions.

    He's developed a strong & growing following of 2 million followers across his social media channels. It just shows you that you can be an entrepreneurial success while enjoying & sharing some of the wacky ideas that pop into your head.


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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny12345
    Simone Giertz is incredibly inspirational. I haven't had a chance to watch THIS video, but I have seen MANY of her other YouTube videos.

    She recently had a brain tumor and talked about her surgery. She is both tough and brave.

    Simone also got tired of waiting for Tesla to bring out their new their pickup truck -- so she made a Tesla truck! (It's on her YouTube channel.)

    John
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