We recently received a note from a fellow named Andy Winslow. A licensed electrician, Andy wanted to give his nephew a toy that reflected his own trade, and was disappointed to find that no such thing seemed to exist. So Andy created one. Now his “Construction Jack” line of action figures includes an electrician, a carpenter, a plumber and a housepainter. Here is Andy’s note:
Just finished reading The Go-Giver — on Thanksgiving morning! A great read and I’ll pass it on. The book put a new light on my toy invention. — Andy
We wrote back and asked him, how exactly did The Go-Giver shed new light on his creation? Here’s his reply.
While reading the book, I realized that I was trying to get numerous sales out of the concept. I was looking at what was in it for me. Your book opened my mind up to what the Construction Jack concept can really do for men and women in the trades. It can give them a sense of value, worth and pride. Children can say to their parents, “Daddy, this is you!” when playing with the toy. I now see that I’m giving a sense of value and worth to those in the trades, and not just trying to look at sales volume.
I have many more ideas, and thanks to your book, with each concept I can ask the questions, How much value will this concept bring? How well will this concept serve people? Thanks again! — Andy
In a post a few weeks ago writing about a graphic designer, an MD/CEO and a blogger/flight attendant who were all Go-Giver fans, we wrote, “Wonder what profession we’ll hear from next . . .”
Well, there’s our answer: electrician-entrepreneurs.