Fishermen to learn TRIZ !

Y. B. Karasik,
Thoughts Guiding Systems Corp.,
Ottawa, Canada.

From time to time I receive a request to teach somebody TRIZ. The requests come from three types of people:

  1. Poor guys: those who took already a TRIZ training but failed to capitalize on it, failed to apply it, and now want to cut their losses. Being, of course, unable to get refund from their former trainers they still try to get a return on their investment by asking me to give them a new TRIZ course. For free, of course! They don't want to spend any more money on TRIZ. They want me to do the job for money they have already paid somebody. A typical dream of losers in any business.
  2. Poor guys (literally): those who do not have thousands of bucks to pay to the "reputable" TRIZ trainers. They also think that I will teach them TRIZ for free. When asked why, they answer that for money they can get a training from MATRIZ with a certification.
  3. Fishermen: they have a lot of money but don't want to pay to "reputable" trainers because fishermen see other fishermen from afar. They are ready to pay me. But the fish smells them and tries not to get onto their hook.