Now I just try to make a living!
Consider this as well. If you're the first to solve a problem or the first to propose a particular solution you're going to have to educate / explain it to for every conversion. That's hard.
I've been developing 'tech stuff' in one form or another since 1980-or-so. I rarely (read: never) have an idea that someone else somewhere hasn't already had.
Usually, I use that to my advantage by being able to research all the ins and outs of similar, but not the same ideas. That's cool.
Once I came up with an idea that, to me, was completely unique. It had to do with using ultrasonics (hypersonics? idk - frequencies above the range of human hearing) and 'beats' (where 44000 hertz and 44440 hertz sound sources would combine to give you a pure "A" tone, as people perceive them). I could build a 'virtual' sonic environment and with software give each 'audience member' a perfect reproduction, and also make it so that somebody not wanting to listen, would hear nothing. Essentially virtual speakers in 3-space.
Woah! I thought. A new idea! And implementable! And the 'virtual speakers" can go from 0 hertz to 22K, linearly! And the highs and lows don't get distorted by room configuration!
Well, Google to the rescue. Apparently, some really smart guys in Germany figured it out a couple of years before I did.
It made me happy, because they had proved out the idea. But it made me sad, because I will probably never have a "First!" idea, ... ever. (Even if the idea was new to me. I guess the Germans have a word for that - Zeitgeist. Because, they have a word for everything)
You can just say "they had proven the idea". Adding "out" to verbs is very fashionable but unnecessary.