Inventing 101: Patience and Inventing

Inventing 101: Patience and Inventing

Patience: it’s one of the most difficult things when it comes to inventing and bringing products to market. 

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So you have a BING moment. You take that idea and successfully complete all of the steps to inventing – capturing the details of the invention idea, researching it, sketching it, perhaps even building a prototype. You bring it to Edison Nation and submit it using our NEW SUBMISSION FORM. You get your confirmation email and see it on your Dashboard at Stage 2, and then the waiting starts…

Some of our members have told us that they update their page constantly throughout the day and frantically check their email for that notification of Dashboard movement for their idea. Others check in once a week or once a month. Others submit and forget it. No matter your methodology, once you submit an idea, it is out of your control, and for some of us, that ‘out of control’ feeling can cause stress and feelings of impatience.

In this post, we’re going to highlight some of the ways you can hone your inner Buddha and grow to be more patient – not only in your inventing journey but in life.

Take a deep breath, and let’s dive in…

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The definition of patience is: the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, difficulty or annoyance without getting angry or upset.”

According to Toni Bernhard in her article “Impatient? Why and How to Practice Patience” within Psychology Today, when she practiced patience, she noticed two things:

“First, being patient is a way of treating myself with compassion. Compassion is the act of reaching out to those who are suffering – including ourselves. I definitely suffer when I’m impatient, because lack of patience is a stress response to whatever is going on in my life. I can feel the stress in both my mind and my body. And so, cultivating patience is a way of taking care of myself, which is the essence of self-compassion.

Second, I notice that being patient gave rise to a feeling of equanimity – a calmness of mind that makes it easier to ride life’s ups and downs without being tossed about like a boat in a storm.”

Here are some recommendations on how to practice patience:

Recognize that impatience has arisen.

  • Start by setting the intention to watch for impatience arising in your own mind as a response to not getting what you want right away – i.e. waiting for your idea to move to the next stage of our evaluation process.
  • Notice how impatience arises when we’re not getting our way – specifically when people or our environment aren’t conforming to our expectations, even in circumstances over which we have not control.  

Investigate how impatience feels in your mind and in your body.

  • Allowing yourself to really feel the impatience is a major step toward accepting its presence.
  • Work on becoming well-acquainted with how impatience feels.

Begin to transform impatience into patience.

  • When the environment or people aren’t confirming to your expectations, notice that you’re responding with impatience. Then, pay attention to how it feels in your mind and in your body.
  • Ask yourself, “Is there anything I can do to change the situation without making matters worse for myself or others?” If this answer is “no” (which it almost always will be), then see if you can find the “good” in the situation – focus on something pleasant or interesting while you’re waiting.
  • This is mindfulness practice – meaning you’re making a conscious choice to pay attention to everything going on in your field of awareness.

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“I submitted my idea “x” amount of days/weeks/months ago, how long do I have to wait to get to the next stage?”

This is one of the most common questions we receive on almost a weekly basis, if not daily. Our answer is always the same: timing from stage to stage varies.

Here is the official response from the Edison Nation Help Page:

This is a hard question to answer because it varies greatly. A lot of variables are in play, such as: how many searches are currently running on Edison Nation, how many presentation dates are coming up, when you submitted your idea and more.

The time it takes to review your idea depends on the search specifics, as well as the volume and complexity of submissions.

While we’d love it if all ideas were to be licensed within a week of being submitted, unfortunately, that is not our reality. While we do everything in our power to move ideas through the system quickly, it doesn’t always play out that way. In some cases, research around a concept can take longer than expected, in others, a product concept may be pitched to a partner who may only review new concepts once per quarter.

One thing we can guarantee is that we are always working to ensure nothing gets “stuck” in the evaluation process. 

There are a lot of things you can do right here on EdisonNation.com while you’re waiting for stage movement, feedback and updates (besides getting a cramp on your clicking finger from obsessively refreshing your Dashboard)…

Check out the Blog – the Edison Nation Blog is full of posts that can give you insights into the inventing process, your fellow inventors, successes and news.

Visit the Forums – whether you choose to participate or not, the Edison Nation Forums are a great source of information, positive energy, thought-provoking questions and a few laughs.

Explore new Searches – have you taken the opportunity to review the latest innovation searches on the site? Now’s your chance.

Create a spark – have a new idea? Want to get it off paper and one step closer to a submission? Create a Spark either on our site or within the Sparks App for future use!

Hopefully this inspired you to…

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