Unconventional Million-Dollar Ideas

Through my classes and website, I encounter many people who believe that it’s only “other people” who can have success in a non-traditional work environment.  It’s these “other people” who have the creative ideas, and the “other people” who will make the millions. 

Molly the dog at the beach

Pet Rocks? I’ll be a gazillionaire!

I constantly challenge that assertion because opportunity is all around us.  It’s just a matter of developing the habit of recognizing it, and allowing yourself to have courage to pursue it.  You don’t have to go to college and get a degree or have a high-paying 40+ hour a week job to earn money to survive.  Remember the pet rock craze of the 1970s? (Yeah, I had one too) That fad lasted about 6 months…and made the creator, Gary Dahl, over a million dollars.  He’s not the only one who made something out of nothing. Read on for 3 other Unconventional Million-Dollar Ideas:

New Jersey Man sells Brooklyn Bridge for $14.95

George C. Parker made a name for himself in the early 1900’s by conning wealthy tourists into purchasing the Brooklyn Bridge. He sold the bridge on average twice a week for years, with his most notable haul being around $50,000.  Because of his exploits, the joke about selling the Brooklyn Bridge is now well documented in our American culture.

Fast-forward about 80 years to when the Brooklyn Bridge was undergoing renovations in 1983. Paul Hartunian saw the opportunity to capitalize on history and approached a foreman with the project to purchase some of the rubble.  Paul created official certificates with information about the bridge, as well as a piece of the actual bridge, and sold them for $14.95 each. He sent out press releases to the media, and even got a 10-minute spot on Johnny Carson!   The orders started rolling in, and his life was never the same afterwards.

A Blank-Book Becomes a National Best-Seller

In 1988 Cindy Cashman quit a job she did not like and decided to take a stab at self- publishing.  She wrote the book, “Everything Men Know about Women” under the pseudonym of Dr. Alan Francis.  The catch? The book was completely blank.  (Get it?)

Recognizing this was a gag-gift, Cindy steered clear of traditional bookstores where her book would get lost in a sea of others. She instead headed to other places where women hung out.  By having her books at the cash-registers of clothing stores and other retailers, she was able to sell over a million copies in just 3 years. 

College Student Sells Website Pixels for $1 each

www.Milliondollarhomepage.com is the brain-child of Alex Tew, who was concerned about the high-price of a university education. In 2005, he came up with the idea of selling one million pixels on a website for $1 each. (“Pixel” is short for “picture element,” and pixels are the small little dots that make up images on computers and TV screens.)  Alex divided the pixels into a minimum of 10×10 blocks ($100 each) since one pixel was way too small to have any kind of visibility.

The idea caught on and Alex got a lot of press. It took less than a year to sell the million pixels, and Alex went through university debt free!

You’ve had more than a few million-dollar ideas. Chances are, you’ll have a few more…but will you capitalize on them when they come to you — Or just let the “other people” have all the fun?

 

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