The Problem: So, I had an idea for a novel product. It was rooted in a frustration in my daily life. Something so small and insignificant. My kids were busy, I was busy. I worked part time, my kids played sports, I packed lunches……..and I hated tearing the shrink-wrap on the cases of bottled water I’d lug home from the grocery store every week. I keep waters in the garage…I have no blade in the garage, my kids would slice each other up (or themselves) with it. I have no scissors here…who keeps scissors in the garage? I keep waters in the kitchen. Every day I scream, “Where are the scissors!!!!!” “Who took my scissors!!??!” I can actually still hear my own mother’s voice screaming the exact same sentence. What is it with being a Mother? Never finding the scissors is a right of passage for every Mom. Never putting the scissors back where they belong is a right of passage for every kid!
The Solution: So, I came up with SharkCut. It’s a magnetic perforating tool. Roll it across the shrink-wrap to put a line of dots and tear it open easily. Roll it over a box’s packing tape and Voila!!!! Tear it open easily. Stick it right back on the refrigerator door, always handy for next time. Scissors/Blade problem solved.
The Reaction: So, what do you think my husband said when I told him I wanted to make this thing? This thing that is such a GREAT idea for every Mom? Do you think he said “Staci, you’re a genius!!!” Do you think he said “That’s an AWESOME idea! How can I help?” Do you think he said “OMG, now THAT is a tool that will change the world.” No. He said, “Are you F*#@ing kidding me? Please don’t quit your day job. What’s for dinner?”
My Choice: Now don’t get me wrong. We have so much humor in our household. Everyone is funny. But a person needs a thick skin to be around so much “funniness”. We tease each other and crack jokes about everything. So here’s my choice. I could either feel like not pushing against the system, I could be all mad and take my husband’s joking seriously and blame him for me not moving forward with this “great idea”, or I could just settle into myself and notice a good idea when I feel it. My gut will tell me. I chose to listen to myself. Hear that? Listen…..To……Myself. Too many of us don’t take the time to listen to ourselves. We know. The answer is there for you. Just take the few seconds of time to notice it. So even though my husband totally dismissed my idea, he has been THE most patient person on Earth while I’ve had a garage full of SharkCuts for 2 years. Love you, Honey. They are slowly thinning out.
Small Success: So, I have no BIG success yet, but I do have some small successes that are sprouting into bigger successes. SharkCut is on QVC’s online catalog Buy It Here and its going into Bed Bath and Beyond stores in Western PA. It’s also in some independently owned grocery stores that I’ve re-stocked several times over. It’s work for sure!!! So if you’re thinking about doing the same, realize it’s a slow road and it’s a LOT of work. You really need to be up for it.
Is It for You?: If you’re willing to work hard and take a year or two to figure it out….YES! If not, then NO. I’m not going to my grave saying “I wish I would have…” That’s for sure. I put my mind, money, effort, resources and creativity into something I believe in. Will it work? Maybe. It’s getting there. If it doesn’t? Well, yeah I’ll be disappointed and I’ll be digging myself out of a debt hole, but I’ll be happy that I truly put myself into something. I tried. For Real. No risk, No reward. There will be the people who sit on the sidelines (or the couch) and judge other people for things they do or don’t do. I may be judged by others negatively if this doesn’t work out, but I don’t care because they don’t have the guts to try something new like I have 🙂 We’ll see how it turns out.
So getting it on QVC……..it all starts with that first initial inspiration that lights a spark inside of you to Do It, Do It, Do It. So just Do It. Before you know, you’re on QVC.