How to Succeed as an Inventor, Part 2


In the prior post – How to Succeed as an Inventor – I recommended that novice inventors work to be strategic in their approach to inventing. Only a tiny percentage of inventors ever profit from their invention, so it is important to leverage your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses.

Success: It Takes a Village

In the media, inventors are portrayed as iconic loners – working away in late night hours, hoping for the “big break.” Successful inventors are accurately described as productdevelopers.

Inventing is a process of ideation that creates something new; product development takes that something new and turns it into a functional product. The former can be done almost entirely alone, the latter requires a team.

There is a two-step process to being a successful inventor:

  1. Create a new product that has lots of promise
  2. Build a team to develop the product: refine it, package it, market it


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