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Monday, April 23, 2012

The Story of Play-Doh

Do you know the story of Play-Doh?

At our team meeting, I showed a clip from the movie How Do You Know that told the story of how Play-Doh came about. 

Paul Rudd can tell the story much better than I can, but I'll give it a shot here since I'm not sure I can legally share the clip online.

Play-Doh was invented by Joseph McVicker in Central Ohio as a white cleaning goo. It was used to remove soot from old fashioned heating off of wallpaper. As gas and electric heating came in, there was no longer a need for the cleaning goo. So Joe's business was going under - fast! Now Kay Zoofall (sp?), his sister-in-law, was a Nursery school teacher. She discovered that her little kids liked squeezing the goo a lot more than the hard modeling clay. So she suggested to her brother-in-law, Joe, that he color the stuff and call it Play-Doh. Joe McVicker became a millionaire before his 27th birthday after re-releasing his product as a toy!

At our meeting, after hearing about all the connections and successes that others are having, there might be a temptation to feel like a flop. To feel like what you are doing isn't working and that you are going under fast! I passed out a mini Play-Doh for everyone to take home as a reminder that we are all one small adjustment away from success. If one venue is not working for you, make a small adjustment and try another! Keep making adjustments until you find your niche! The key is not to give up! Who knows what great success awaits you!

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