Where Does True Innovation Come From?

Innovate your life.

Innovation is changing our world at unprecedented rates. We are shifting in ways that many thought were unimaginable decades ago. Yet, who are these people that are changing the world? Perhaps, they are the greatest minds of our time. Often they are thought of as individuals with revolutionary ideas. However, I think who most of them are would surprise you.

There once was a man who barely slid his way through high school. This man took pride in drinking water out of any lake in California. While others were reading about business, he used his time to join the Sierra climbing club and aimed to reach the peaks of the highest mountains in California. While climbing with a friend one day, he looked out upon a large mountain and decided he wanted to climb higher. There was no great climbing material on the market, so he began blacksmithing his own pitons. Not long after, demand for his pitons began rising and he was selling them to his friends and family. Profits were small but he could climb higher and was making enough money to let him live his preferred lifestyle.

Perhaps, Omega Notes could provide you with the same opportunity as the climber above. When you start selling with us there may not be huge profits to show on the first day. I cannot promise you will be an overnight millionaire like many marketing schemes. However, you do give yourself a chance to start making money. With that being said, my hope is that with the right connections and advertising you can do much more.

Let’s touch briefly on this mountain climber again. After he started making these small profits, word slowly started to spread about this novel creation. There was soon enough demand for his gear that he couldn’t keep making it by hand; he had to start using tools and machinery. By 1970, this climber’s company, “Chouinard Equipment,” had become the largest supplier of climbing hardware in the United States. By 1972, the man who had been known to drink water out of lakes started selling his own clothes for the outdoors. His clothing brand “Patagonia” is something many may be familiar with. This man also known as Yvon Chouinard, had become an outdoor industry billionaire. Yvon never had a crazy idea or aspired to be the “most educated” man of his time. He once even declared himself a “dirtbag,” proudly claiming to have spent 200 days of a year camping in national parks and running from rangers.

Yvon Chouinard has proven that a great business can come to fruition in unexpected ways. All it takes is for an individual to see a need for a product or service, and fill it to the best of his or her ability. As a company, we pride ourselves in giving you the opportunity to put your note-taking skills to good use and giving you your own business opportunity. Get out of your comfort zone and try posting notes with Omega Notes today. Lastly, follow our Facebook page (Omega Notes) and Instagram (Omega_Notes) for more posts, tips and free giveaways.


James Greenland

James is currently a rising Junior at Pennsylvania State University. He joined Omega Notes at the start of the summer. As a Sales Intern, James strives to help students realize the value of the notes they take in class.

The Key to Better Negotiating

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Finding the best price has become a true art. Personally, I will negotiate the cost of an item with pretty much anyone. In the past, I haggled with store owners over the price of soccer balls, jerseys, shoes, water, and even a slice of pizza. Everything is negotiable, and people will compromise more than you would expect.

Over Memorial day weekend my family took a trip to the Jersey Shore. That Sunday evening, as everyone began vacating the boardwalk and heading home, my cousin and I decided to hang around for a bit. About an hour passed by when it started to rain, drenching our surroundings. I convinced my cousin to take one last walk through the rain in order for me to grab a slice of pizza.

We walked into one of the only pizza places still open during the downpour. It was vacant except for two people who were seeking shelter from the rain. However, there was a wide variety of pizza slices behind the counter, and it was becoming rather late. The workers looked tired and wanted to head home. The store was still selling pizza at the usual price. This is when I seized the opportunity and used my power as a customer to haggle with the owner a bit.

At this point, my cousin became increasingly uncomfortable. She had to walk away and was avoiding eye contact with the owner. Her feelings probably reflect how many people would feel in that situation. People tend to accept a worse deal than they deserve, so that they can avoid societal pressures. Many people in society fear how they will look negotiating or if others will think less of them. Former President John F. Kennedy believed “We should never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.” His words reach much further than politics.

The one key to becoming a better negotiator is not fearing to negotiate in the first place. At Omega Notes, we help students to embody this art of compromise. Through our note selling marketplace, students can brand themselves and set their own prices. It is time that students gather the courage to realize that they can achieve more. By sharing my story, I hope that students stop being uncomfortable about searching for the best deal for themselves, and instead focus on making the most of their opportunities.


P.S.- I got the pizza for over 50% off. Know your value as a customer.

James is currently a rising Junior at Pennsylvania State University. He joined Omega Notes at the start of the summer. As a Sales Intern, James strives to help students realize the value of the notes they take in class.