Inventing 101

Inventing 101

What defines an invention?  An invention is simply an idea or product that started out in the imagination of the inventor until they brought their invention to life.  Once you invent something that the public wants that in turn can lead to fame and fortune.  So, how do inventions get to the marketplace?  One of the greatest overlooked aspects of invention is getting your product marketing to the right people. You can’t just offer a voucher for your product on Amazon and hope to become a #1 bestseller overnight. There’s much more to it than that.
Here is inventing 101 for you.

First off, let us say this: being an inventor is not easy. Even what seems like a simple invention often has had years of hard work go into it.  The process to get an invention into the hands of the public follows three basic steps. 

Creation, patenting and then marketing are how inventions get into the hands of consumers.  This may sound simple but the process really isn’t.

Before you even think of bringing a product into the market place here are some steps you should follow.

    1. Let your ideas percolate, don’t force yourself just enjoy letting your creativity flow.
    2. Always evaluate and research whether your idea is even marketable. Do some market research, check with friends and online to see if your product is viable. Here is how to do your own market research.

  1. If you’re a naturally creative person then always keep pen and paper handy you never know when inspiration is going to strike.
  2. Test, test and then test some more. As you bring your idea to life you need to make sure that all parts are working.  Make sure that you are completely satisfied with the tests before you move on to the next phase.
  3. Protect yourself! Speak with a patent lawyer and follow the process to the letter, there are plenty of patent trolls out there that would love to cash in on your invention.

Cool ideas get turned into inventions every day.  New technology helps grow our economy and make our lives easier, can you imagine life if the internet had never been invented?  Inventing takes perseverance and a pretty thick skin, the process can be long with many failures along the way.  Don’t be afraid of failure, learn from it instead.

If you’re an aspiring inventor then you need to understand the process before ever trying to bring your invention to market.  Almost all of us can come up with fantastic idea but it is the inventor who takes the initiative and turns that idea into reality.  Inventors should be encouraged, some of the greatest inventions through the ages were made by people just trying to solve a problem.

Why We Should Be Nurturing Inventors

Why We Should Be Nurturing Inventors

Creative problem solvers are often inventors and this is a skill that should always be encouraged. Where there is a new product or service, it tends to create an industry for people to create/market/consume that thing that hadn’t existed before. People will jump at the chance to create new websites and renew their old hosting plans to showcase these new products to the world.

Innovators are the people who start new businesses and create jobs. Often the standard of living is raised in countries where creativity is encouraged. Here are some of the reasons that we as a society should be nurturing inventors.

Creative Thinking

When you are looking at potential employees a creative employee is a far better asset than one who can memorize the employee manual.  When they start flexing their creative muscles you can reap the rewards of better efficiency or new product lines just to name a few.

Exploring New Fields of Knowledge

Inventing allows creative people to build on their own discoveries and open up entirely new fields of study and knowledge.  Trying to solve a real life problem through experimentation allows people to learn without any outside interference.  Personal exploration allows you to see the world first hand, this comes with some pretty powerful teaching tools and solving one problem often leads to the discovery of another.

If at First You Don’t Succeed….

Inventors fail…and they fail a lot!  There are very few inventions that came out right the first time instead there is sometimes years of trial and error involved.  Even Einstein failed often, most inventors will persevere and treat failure as a learning tool.  When you are developing new technologies there is no path laid out before you and you have to find your own way.

Increased Motivation

The act of inventing often comes with the built in motivation to succeed and solve the problem.  Most inventors and creative thinkers get so absorbed into what they are doing they often have to be reminded to do everyday tasks.  Most find the work is its own reward and the become engrossed in solving the next steps and reaching their end goal.

Better Communication Skills

Most inventors don’t work autonomously; they are part of a team.  While an inventor may understand his own idea best they need to be able to communicate that idea to other people to make it happen.  They must learn to listen as well as convey ideas.  A team will often bounce ideas off of each other to solve problems.

All of these skills that make creative people so dogged and successful easily transfer into everyday life.  They can help you interact with other people besides your work team.