It’s A Mistake!!
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It is my hope that by reading about some of these famous mistakes, you might learn that mistakes are not always fatal or even a bad thing.
Did you know there are common products you are highly familiar with that came about by mistake? These are products that came about in trying to invent something completely different.
While working on a tension spring, Richard James accidentally let one slip off the table. When it hit the ground, it kept on going. This gave him the idea to make it into a product. The product was developed in the 1940’s but is still available today. James’ wife sold the product in 1998.
3M was looking for a strong adhesive and set the research and development department to come up with it. They instead made a very weak adhesive, and one of the developers saw that it would stick to a surface but wouldn’t stay stuck. This gave them the idea to attach it to paper for notes. Hence, the Post-It note was born.
In the 1940’s, a man and his dog were in the woods hunting. Burrs stuck to his pants and the fur of his dog. This motivated him to study how these burrs worked under a microscope. He then developed it into a product we all know as Velcro. It is still a viable product to this day.
As you can see, there have been several MISTAKES that became PROFITABLE PRODUCTS and I am sure there are others I have not heard about.
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