Cecil Holt loves to find ways to make life a little easier.
He used to run a bakery in Douglas, Georgia; but he turned over the mixers and ovens and pie pans to his children so he could pursue his real dream: Inventing.
Holt doesn't pace back and forth, or lie awake at night, trying to come up with new inventions. Instead, he says his most successful ideas come to him in his dreams.
"After I had all these dreams of these things happening, I told my wife I dreamed of a little nut picker," says Holt.
The "Nut Wizard" is a wire cage on a handle that he invented to take the work out of picking up pecans.
"I enjoy learning to do things, and it is a challenge, and I drive everybody crazy around me," says Holt. "Those that are not nuts will be, sooner or later."
He also invented a device to put on socks without ever bending over.
But what's next for Holt?
An electric corn creamer.
"A lot of people use drills. You have got the board, drills, a knife, but you don't get very far very fast," says Holt.
So he decided to create something better. It still has a little work to be done on it, but so far it seems to be the most efficient way to cream corn.
But how does he come up with these ideas?
"A lot of people say it is intelligence. I don't think so. I think it is just flat determination," Holt notes. "If you give up, you are defeated, but I find out that every time I get to a point where I think I'm whipped, I come up with a better idea, and that is the way it is always. You just start thinking different -- the tougher it gets, the better you think."
Holt doesn't worry as much about selling a lot as he does about getting his inventions to people who need them.
"It makes me happy that I know that I have done something. It is not about the money, but the satisfaction knowing that you have done something that somebody likes," he says.
And it seems many people like his inventions.
The Nut Wizard is being sold all over the world. And as for the latest invention, he's already had people trying to buy his prototype.
To buy his inventions, call (912) 389 1927
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