The direction inspiration of someone can be rather amazing. So much so, that at a moment’s notice, the places we’re led to can change our lives forever. Take Rob Kudyba for example. While impressing upon the world with his efforts as a musician, inspiration enabled him to create something that improves the quality of lives.
Not only is Rob Kudyba a talented and kicka#%! musician, but he’s also the inventor of the Candlewick Companion. This, ladies and gentlemen, is one of the coolest inventions we’ve come across. Because of the Candlewick Companion, you don’t have to throw away candles that have lost their wicks, or burn yourself attempting to light the bits of wick that can be difficult to reach. The great thing about the Candlewick Companion is that it’s a tool that clears away all the waxy buildup away from the wick that melts over time around it. You know what that means?!?! Saving more more money and buying less candles. Naturally, when the opportunity arose to connect with Rob Kudyba, we didn’t hesitate at the chance to learn a bit more about him.
WBM: In a few words, who is Rob Kudyba?
ROB: Musician, inventor, technologist, [and] proud son of immigrant parents.
WBM: Where are you from?
ROB: Hartford, Connecticut.
WBM: Has business always been something of interest to you?
ROB: Always, since starting as a paperboy as a tween, to working off the books in a pizza place for two dollars an hour, and underage!
WBM: When did you know this was something you wanted to pursue?
ROB: I always wanted to do something that could get me into a business of my own to allow me to be my own boss.
WBM: What prompted the development of the candlewick companion?
ROB: Being a musician, I always brought candles to my shows, and especially jar candles. At least half would develop the problem where the wick gets embedded in the wax making the candle unlightable.
WBM: Was the process to get your idea into production difficult?
ROB: Yes, and seems like it took forever! First I had to find a prototype-r and someone that was within driving/commuting distance of where I lived. I started with a basic hand drawing and using other tools used for artwork, like sculpting. Within a few weeks, we had a working prototype! But then the process of finalizing the design took close to a year, as we had to keep finding ways to cut the costs down.
WBM: Who or what are some of the things that inspire you?
ROB: Playing music and shows. I’ve done a lot of self development reading, so anyone from Napoleon Hill to Timothy Ferriss to my professional artist [and] yoga instructor girlfriend have all contributed to my growth!
WBM: Why does what you do matter?
ROB: Because I use what I create, and stand up for it personally, and believe in the things I create.
WBM: What keeps you motivated?
ROB: The next big idea.
WBM: Define success.
ROB: Health and energy, peace of mind, loving relationships and financial freedom, all lead to self-actualization.
WBM: What’s one thing that many don’t know about you?
ROB: I only spoke Polish and Ukrainian under kindergarten. Now I barely can speak either!
WBM: How do you intend to inspire others in the future?
ROB: I haven’t really given thought before now on how I can inspire anyone in the future. If anything, stay positive and whatever you do, do it because you love it and have a passion for it!
WBM: Do you have any advice for those looking to pursue their goals and dreams?
ROB: Stay positive, be consistent, always be learning, practice what you preach, think big, and stick with what you love!