Yeah – The good stuff is still good.
It’s a few days before Christmas and I thought I would do something a little different for this post. Inspiration comes from the strangest places! I was on Skype chatting with a good friend of mine. Just so you know, I was taking a well deserved break!
We were chatting when we got into a conversation about toys, especially some of the ones that have been around for a long time. We call them “classics.” Through the years, some toy companies have attempted to “improve” these toys only to ruin the fun. My friend (B) said, “The good stuff is still good” and it struck a cord for me. Here is our conversation. I’m R: and she is B:
B: My daughter called me and I got caught up in a project
R: That’s okay...What is she working on?
B: It was her birthday yesterday, so she got these things called Orbeez which you soak in water and they swell up. Then she has this remote control ladybug that goes around the floor picking stuff up.
R: Sounds fun! I miss those times!
B: So, I had to dry up the soaked Orbeez and vacuum the floor so that they wouldn’t collect all the crap we tracked in yesterday …
R: I’ve heard of Orbeez..
B: They’re kind of cool
R: Have you ever bought your kids..playdough?
B: yes, we’ve been through tubs of play dough
R: Ugg! I spent quite a bit of time picking up the little dried pieces
when they were all done…It’s a great toy…my girls had a blast with it.
B: Yes – the dried up bits are a mess.
R: It was still worth it.
B: The fun stuff is always messy
R: My favorite was creepy crawlers and gobbledy goop.
B: What are creepy crawlers? We have some gobbledy goop right now – I think. My girl calls it Oobleck, because of Dr. Seuss.
R: It’s not as good as it used to be when I was a kid..
B: I got her a light bright for her birthday.
R: I grew with Dr. Seuss…wow some of this stuff is legendary!
B: I used to love playing with that (light brite) when I was little
R: I loved Light Brite!
B: Yeah – the good stuff is still good
R: I bought it for my girls too.
B: It’s all the other crap that is a waste of money
R: Remember Etch a sketch, Easy bake oven?
B: Yep my kids have those. We’ve worn out a couple of etch a sketch’s. My girl can’t have gluten, so the easy bake oven doesn’t work for her very well. She want’s to bake, but she can’t eat anything she could make in it.
R: Bummer. When I was a kid we played easy bake then I bought it for the girls…now there’s a safety gadget on it..messed up the fun. Same thing with creepy crawlers. We used to have a blast heating up that sucker and watching water sizzle..now it has a plastic safety cover so we don’t burn our little pinkies!
B: I don’t know what creepy crawlers are!
R: You have a square oven that you plug in with trays that you fill up with gobbledy goop and cook…there were all types…creepy crawlers were the insects and the most fun to scare people…they have flower sets, dragon set…I don’t know what they have now…
B: Oh, then, gobbledy gook isn’t what we have. I think I remember creepy crawlers now! Do they turn out kind of rubbery when they’re done?
R: Yes they turn out rubbery…
After the conversation I thought about what B said…“the good stuff is still good.” I thought of so many of the classic toys we had when I was a kid. We all have different childhood experiences, but these are some of the ones I remember: slinky, play dough, , Viewmaster, Dr. Suess, Gumby, , Monopoly, Clue, , , Pick up Sticks, Light Bright, Candyland, Tiddly Winks, Barbie, Tinker Toys, Lego…to name a few.
Every toy I listed are still around and that’s been over 50 years! Changes have been made, but the bottom line is, the toys in their original state were the best. They were manufactured better and kids didn’t have the technology we have now. All of them are hands on toys and some required creativity and thinking. Most of those classic toys laid the foundation for what is available today. Many of them have been converted to video games.
Internet marketing isn’t much different. The “old school” method of marketing is the core of attraction marketing. It was and is about relationship building. Who are some of the great mentors and entrepreneurs behind these principles? Think of the mentors we admire and respect today. Some of them are not with us anymore. The legends we remember are the classic mentors who have laid down the foundations of solid principles for many generations which have and are following presently. The most prominent ones were Jim Rohn, Zig Zigler, Dale Carnegie, and Napoleon Hill. They instantly come to my mind.
Those who knew “the good stuff is still good” are continuing the tradition of teaching these principles.
Tony Robbins, Robert Kyosaki, Jack Canfield, and Max Tracy are my favorites.
Do you remember some of these childhood toys? The ones that are still around today? Who are your favorite entrepreneurs and success coaches? I’d love to hear your comments. I wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!
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