Everyday, wherever you go, you are using or touching something that you have taken for granted. By that I mean at that some time, it did not exist. Some of these things are just handy to have tools while others have made multi-millions for their creators..........let's take a look at some these................
1. The BAND-AID....A long time ago, a clerk who worked for Johnson & Johnson asked about moving up in the company. His manager said that he was getting well paid and unless he came up with an idea, he would remain a clerk and if he didn't like it, he could be replaced. Well he met that challenge. He saw how people took adhesive bandage and some cotton and then applied it to a wound for dressing. OUILA! The band aid was born by combining the two items. The man received a bonus, was made a manager, and got a pay raise....$$$
2. Velcro.....if you have ever hiked or ran through a field of grass, look down at your socks and you will see tiny things that have attached themselves to your shoelaces, pants etc. Under a microscope, these have tiny hooks and by attaching themselves to a carrier, perpetuate themselves all over the place. Nature is ingenious and so is the engineer who took the time to explore this. This stuff is used by astronauts to deep sea divers.$$$
3. Windshield wiper blades....this guy comes up with an idea that lets your windshield wiper blade occasionally wipe instead of wiping all the time.......he had to go to court and over the years prevailed........$$$
4. Liquid paper.....or whiteout originally called mistake out was invented by a housewife/artist who frequently while painting made brush stroke mistakes and then rubbed them out. She thought this could be of use to typists and the rest is history. Her son later became one the "the monkees" rock band....$$$
5. Mrs Fields Cookies...liked to bake and make gifts of the product to family and friends. They raved and always looked forward to more. She turned her garage into a bakeshop and.......$$$
6. The paperclip is credited to a Norwegian who created it to bind paperwork. Later on, it became useful for just about anything included things it was not intended for such as getting into small crevices, ejecting cassettes and computer discs that got stuck and many other uses....$$$
7. Thomas Edison created so many things and are too numerous to list. I wanted to point out that switches for turning things on or off are taken for granted this day but are a necessity. Also, credit him with adhesive tape too....$$$
8. The rubber band...this guy gets inner tubes from the Goodyear factory, cuts them into strips and tries to sell them as a way to bind things. He first noticed a newspaper blowing across his lawn and thought he had the perfect solution...He did....$$$
9. The wheel......dates back to 3500 before Christ in Mesopotamia.......One was found in Asia 8000 before Christ too. I am wondering what went through this guys mind. I have to believe that necessity was the mother of invention here. I wonder though, did he sell them until people figured how to create their own? In any event, it caught on and take a look around....they are all over the place.......$$$
10. Worth Noting: I still marvel at the fax machine. Also, do you remember when they came out with a mortgage calculator that could compute someones monthly payment if you fed in the interest rate, down payment and term? Every agent had to have one. They were so expensive and they even taught classes on how to use them. We all thought we were going to dazzle our clients with this calculator........
11. Now, I could not operate my business effectively without my blackberry and email. Amazing to behold the changes that have come upon us and are still coming. Just the other day, I purchased a blue ray DVD and a 55 inch TV and both are wireless and capable of allowing you Internet access from your living room.
Well, if you wanted to, there must be hundreds even thousands of things that we take for granted that someone before us encountered as a problem and decided instead of passing the buck or ignoring his inner person pressed the issue into solution. Those solutions have led to a better way of life for us all........and they are still coming in stronger than ever.