What makes a successful inventor?

What makes a successful inventor?

We all know that inventing is not for the faint of heart. 

Do you find yourself struggling to find inspiration? Are you in a rut? Do you ever wonder why you started inventing in the first place? 

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Successful inventors…

…are passionate about inventing.

Inventing requires passion which is all about discovering what you want, what you love and what you are striving for. Successful inventors have a very strong emotion towards achieving their dreams and goals, that’s why they became famous and successful in this field. As soon as they find out a good opportunity, they immediately act on it.

…don’t fall in love with their ideas.

Successful inventors understand the importance of detaching themselves from their ideas. Inventing is a numbers game. Some of your ideas will be profitable, but others won’t. You need to be able to tell the difference between the two. Your ideas are not your children. If you become too emotionally or financially involved, walking away will become more and more difficult.

At Edison Nation, we want to see each and every one of the ideas submitted to us succeed. Unfortunately, that is not our reality. Our goal is to provide your ideas the most paths to reach their greatest potential. This is why we provide our Insiders feedback on their submissions if they are declined. The goal of feedback is to invite Insiders to take a closer look at their submission to determine the best next steps.

…have faith.

Faith plays a major role in inventing. Successful inventors have complete confidence with their beliefs, work and abilities. They continue to seek knowledge and make smart decisions regardless of the circumstances they face along the way.

…are persistent.

Rather than getting discouraged and giving up, successful inventors ask questions to try to understand what went wrong and try again.

…are optimistic.

An optimistic attitude is a very important characteristic of an inventor in order to make their idea become successful in spite of experiencing failures and setbacks. You may not be able to please everyone with your invention at first, but to stop your invention and innovation due to negativity of others will surely end it into disappointment. Furthermore, positive attitude motivates inventors towards success.

…don’t let their emotions betray them.

Inventing is a business. It’s not personal. As painful as it may be to see a red X on your Dashboard, if you want to become a professional, you will need to act like one. That means holding your tongue and your tears, and taking feedback as constructive and an opportunity to improve either on your existing idea, or your next one.

…understand others.

Knowing and understanding people as well as their needs is how inventors create an invention and innovation. Prior to taking a product to market, a great inventor must establish good relationships with people, sharing similar interests and knowledge and build trust in others. The ability to understand others is indeed one of the greatest qualities an inventor could ever have.

Beyond offering a variety of potential commercialization paths, community is one of the most important things that Edison Nation offers our members. The Edison Nation Forums provide a safe, positive environment for our community members to meet each other, learn from one another and provide encouragement.

…keep their ideas to themselves.

Confidentiality is key, which is why Edison Nation only accepts ideas via our secure online submission system AND why all ideas submitted to us are protected under the terms and conditions outlined in our Innovator agreement.

…understand how to use intellectual property to protect their ideas.

While you do not need to be a patent attorney to get a product to market, having one in your corner is always a good idea. Edison Nation cannot provide legal guidance, but always advocates that you, as inventors, understand the basics of patents and patent filings.

Check out some fantastic resources on the Edison Nation blog.

…are not afraid to fail.

“Fail fast and fail often.” You won’t be able to move on until you do.

We hope this post inspired you to get up, get out and look for that next BING! When you find it, and you will, create a Spark, turn that Spark into an Idea, and Submit it to one of our searches!

Happy Inventing!

Sources:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242356

http://www.edisonmuckers.org/what-characterizes-inventors-like-edison/

http://www.mypassionsandinterests.com/technology/4371-5-qualities-of-successful-inventors/

 


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2 Comments What makes a successful inventor?

  1. Fred

    Hello, On your understand others paragraph you say build trust in others. I’m an inventor with 2 patents on a tool. It’s new there is nothing on the market. I find it hard to trust people that say they want to help you when most of the time they are helping themselves. I’ve been to several people to make my tool. All have said patents don’t mean anything if you don’t have the money to sue someone who copies your invention. I didn’t bother with them again. I am sorry to say that I went to China to make my tool and am going to show the need for it myself. I have 10,000 units being made. I have a 7 1/2 min. infomercial as well as other venues such as social media to get it sold.

  2. Michelle

    Hi Fred,

    I’m sorry to hear you had some bad experiences in the past. If you are interested in submitting your idea to Edison Nation to be evaluated by our team for potential licensing opportunities, know that our submission process is secure. No ideas are posted publicly, they are only reviewed internally by the EN team.

    We do not require ideas to be patented or patent-pending to be considered. If an idea passes through to our pitching stage, if it does not have IP associated with it, we will ensure that it is not shared with any potential licensing partners without the proper non-disclosure agreements in place.

    To learn more about our process and review our standard terms and conditions, you are welcome to check out information found on the Edison Nation Help Page – http://www.edisonnation.com/faq.

    We wish you the best of luck, and if you feel we are a good fit for you, we look forward to reviewing your idea soon!

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