How many times have you seen a new product for the first time and thought to yourself, “why didn’t I think of that?” It’s enough to drive you crazy. You run across ideas that seem so simple you cannot believe you didn’t think of them first. But that is the way it goes. Innovation revolves around the simplest ideas being developed by people with the foresight to do so.

Unfortunately, the rest of us are left to wonder what could have been had we come up with such fantastic ideas. It is enough to lead some people to live in a world where great riches lie just around the corner. It is a matter of getting around that corner before anyone else.

Insulating an RV with Air

The best ideas are often the simple ones. If you own a motorhome, trailer or fifth wheel, have you ever heard of AirSkirts? AirSkirts it is both a company and product that exists to meet a fundamental need of the RV lifestyle: protecting the underside of a rig against the elements. It is really about keeping RV plumbing from freezing.

AirSkirts’ inventors came up with a simple design that relies on air as an insulating barrier. Their product is essentially a series of industrial-strength inflatable bags you place underneath a motorhome or trailer. As the bags are inflated, they fill in the open space to create a tight seal.

Because air is not very conducive to thermal transfer, it is a remarkably effective barrier against cold temperatures. Deploying AirSkirts RV skirting prevents cold air from getting under a rig. Likewise, it keeps the air underneath warmer as heat radiates from the floor. The end result is safe plumbing.

Everyone Needs a Dream

AirSkirts is a relatively new company whose future is not etched in stone. But there is no reason to believe they will not succeed. They have patents pending on their product, and those patents could eventually translate into millions of dollars in revenue. It is the stuff dreams are made of.

Truth be told, everyone needs a dream. Dreams give us something to shoot for. They give us a reason to be optimistic and hopeful. Unfortunately, they also give us plenty of opportunity to wonder why we can’t think up such great ideas.

Whoever invented the computer microprocessor undoubtedly reaped huge financial rewards. Likewise for the inventors of everything from laser pointers to earbuds. Such simple ideas translating into hugely successful consumer products can make any pauper rich.

It’s Not Just Products

The ‘I wish I had thought of that’ mindset isn’t just limited to products. It applies to services, too. For example, we are all familiar with social media. In its early days, social media was nothing to write home about. It was slow, clunky, and not particularly useful. Then came a guy named Mark Zuckerberg and his vision for a better social media.

Today, Facebook is worth a fortune. So is Zuckerberg and his fellow Facebook executives. They took a simple idea conceived in a college dorm room and ran with it. The rest of us can only stand back and watch in amazement as the platform reaches billions of people daily. It is too bad you are I didn’t think of it first.

Every individual thing humanity has accomplished started as a thought in someone’s head. When you stop and think about it, human accomplishment rests on ideas. There will always be people who come up with great ideas and turn them into reality. There will also be those of us who constantly wonder, “why didn’t I think of that?”