About Sheree

Change Catalyst, Idea Explorer, Dot-Connector, Square Peg

10 Ideas to Help the Elderly

10 ideas to help the elderly The Idea Machine Project the Ben Franklin Follies

The topic for Day 43 of the Idea Machine Project is to come up with 10 business ideas to help the elderly. I decided to ignore issues of profitability and just focus on ideas that would accomplish one or more of three goals: Improve the health of elderly. Improve the quality of life of the elderly. Be accessible to the elderly who do not have access to top-notch retirement … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Writing Better Sales Copy

The prompt for Day 42 is to give 10 tips to help a friend write sales copy to sell her used car. This is a fun practice. I'm framing the examples for my tips using the used car as the product, but the tips can be applied to any product or service. If you stumbled upon this by accident, I'm blogging my way through Claudia Altucher's book, Become an Idea Machine, [Amazon affiliate link] which … [Read more...]

Personal Posts & The Idea Machine Project

The Idea Machine Project: Personal Ideas

I'm finding that many of the idea prompts are about topics that are more personal in nature, rather than generally-applicable. It's possible this will change at some point, as I seem to recall Claudia Altucher mentioning in a podcast that the first 90 days are personal ideas and the second 90 days are ideas for others. In any event, I've decided to publish some of the more personal daily … [Read more...]

10 Nice Ways to Surprise Your Loved Ones

10 Nice Surprises for Your Loved Ones Idea Machine Project Day 39 The Ben Franklin Follies

It's Day 39 of the Idea Machine Project and today is all about nice, inexpensive ways to surprise your friends and family. It feels good to do nice things for other people.  Research clearly shows that being kind to others makes us feel good and makes us happier. Doing something nice for others boosts your own endorphins, so there's a positive effect on your brain chemistry and it tends to … [Read more...]

Why Adults Don’t Laugh

Why do we stop laughing? Idea Machine Project Day 37 by Sheree Martin for The Ben Franklin Follies

For Day 36 of the Idea Machine, Claudia Altucher asks us to consider why adults stop laughing. The obvious answer is that we get busy and beaten down my life's challenges. But I think the real reason goes deeper into cultural norms and socialization that date back into the medieval age. 1. From The Court Jester and Other "Fools" to Stephen Colbert The professionalization of humor began with … [Read more...]

10 Funny Questions: Idea Machine, Day 36

10 funny questions at 3rd grade level for Day 36 of the Idea Machine Project

Day 36 of the Idea Machine Project was challenging for me. I had to go out of town for the day to visit family and had little time to work on the topic: Coming up with 10 funny questions and answers at the third grade level. Alas, I managed only three originals to start with, but I'm still working on this prompt and will update later with my other funny questions. Here goes: Q. What's the … [Read more...]

10 Places I’d Like To Visit: Idea Machine, Day 35

10 Places I'd Like to Visit The Idea Machine Project Day 35 Sheree Martin

The topic for Day 35 in Become an Idea Machine is to simply list 10 "cities" I'd like to visit and why. I've modified this slightly. Although I've mostly listed cities, I'm really more interested in visiting the small towns, villages and rural areas in the countries I've listed. Why the change? Claudia and James Altucher are clearly more into urban environments, whereas I'm more sustained by … [Read more...]

Publicly-Traded Companies: Idea Machine, Day 34

10 publicly-traded brands that I do business with daily Idea Machine Project

Today's Idea Machine topic is to list 10 companies that I use often and find out if they are publicly-traded on a stock exchange. This topic seems a bit random, so I'm guessing it will come up again at some point later in the book. Perhaps as the basis for coming up with ideas of businesses I could start to offer a product or service that competes with these companies. Maybe James Altucher … [Read more...]

Bye-Bye Lemonade Stand: Day 33

10 business ideas for kids in 2015 The Ben Franklin Follies

It's Day 33 of the Idea Machine Project and today's topic is business ideas for kids. The premise that is that today's kids are so tech-competent that the traditional lemonade stand is passé. Here are my 10 business ideas for kids, other than the lemonade stand. The first 5 are do-able today. The second 5 will be viable opportunities within 18 months, if they aren't already. 1. Dog … [Read more...]

Uniforms, Day 32: Idea Machine Project

Uniforms - The Idea Machine Project

Well, today's idea machine prompt is a bit peculiar.....10 uniforms I could wear in public to see what kind of a response I get. I'm blogging my way through Claudia Altucher's book, Become an Idea Machine. Here are my 10 Uniforms: 1. Band Uniform 2. Cowboy Suit, with Spurs I always had a cowboy suit as a little girl. I got a new one for Christmas every year. 3. Baseball … [Read more...]