No Idea is Too Crazy: Invent Your Next Job

by SixFigureStart | September 24, 2009

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You think you have it bad in this economy? How about this: strap a propane tank to your back, connect it to a gas grill that you wear around your waist, and wander the streets selling sausage. Sound like nonsense? It's not. According to this video from the New York Times, the "grillwalker"--described above--is quite the phenomenon in Berlin.

Even better, there's a tale of hope for anyone out there still looking for work: the man who sparked the grillwalking way of life, Bertram Rohloff, is quoted in the video on how he got started: "I was unemployed and I was looking for a new job or a new career, so I got the idea to create something…like…ambulant…like a vendor's tray." (Emphasis added).

The message: no idea is too crazy to work if you do it right. Sure, nothing in your previous career might have prepared you to do anything about the idea you've got bouncing around in your head, but there's no harm in trying to take it to the next stage. After all, you can't possibly sound any more mad than Herr Rohloff must have done when pitching his idea; even after seeing it, it's difficult to believe that he's found willing workers!

Associated Press/Eckehard Schulz

--Posted by Phil Stott, Vault Staff Writer

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