How I Broke Corporate Habits to Become a Successful Inventor

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Inventing – The Road(s) Not Traveled

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost The above poem,one of the most oft quoted from poet Robert Frost, resonates with millions more than 100 years after it was written. Inventing – The Road(s) Not Traveled (less taken) I particularly appreciate… Continue reading Inventing – The Road(s) Not Traveled

Cutting the Gordian Knot to Inventing Success

The Gordian Knot is a legend of Phrygian Gordium associated with Alexander the Great. It is often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem (disentangling an “impossible” knot) solved easily by loophole or “thinking outside the box” (“cutting the Gordian knot”). The iconic Gordian knot is analogous to the seemingly intractable problems of converting an amorphous idea into a working prototype and then into a… Continue reading Cutting the Gordian Knot to Inventing Success

Inventing as a Career

Many parents have heard these fateful words from their sons or daughters: Mom and Dad, I’m dropping out of college to become a ——— Fill in the blank with actor, rock star or inventor. All three endeavors have one common thread: many aspire and strive for success; but few ever make a living from acting, rock… Continue reading Inventing as a Career

The Lonely Inventor: They’ll Never Understand

As I mentioned in a previous post, inventing is chaotic and confusing compared to other careers. Inventing is a lonely endeavor and one your friends and colleagues will never understand no matter how you try to explain it. Lonely Days and Lonely Nights Many inventors come from engineering or technical careers where where they interact continually with colleagues through meetings,… Continue reading The Lonely Inventor: They’ll Never Understand

Technology: the Career Blender

Technology continues to evolve at an exponential, ever increasing rate. For many of us, technology is a good thing that has brought great gadgets into our everyday life: the Internet, MP3 players, eBook readers, tablets, and the ubiquitous smart phones. Things that once were luxuries for the few now are regarded as necessities for the many.… Continue reading Technology: the Career Blender

Inventors: Become Curious Observers

I have observed that engineers, accountants, architects and other professionals who put many long, hard hours not only into their profession, but into continuing educations to maintain their skills in the marketplace. Makes perfect sense: to succeed and advance in today’s workplace you must maintain and hone your skills and knowledge. Why do these same… Continue reading Inventors: Become Curious Observers

Inventing: It Takes a Team

Picture Thomas Edison, toiling away in the late evening hours trying one after another type of filament in his new invention to turn electricity not into heat, but into light. He just tried another filament that looked promising, but it burned in two and produced no light. Another failure. The inventor is classically portrayed as a… Continue reading Inventing: It Takes a Team

Begin with the End in Mind

Rule #2 from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Begin with the end in mind. This advice is particularly relevant for inventors.  Being laser focused upon what you want to achieve will guide you to success more quickly. I wish I had taken this advice when I became an inventor in 2002. Like many inventors,… Continue reading Begin with the End in Mind

Inventing on a Limited Budget

There are many challenges to inventing, not the least of which is: how to succeed on a limited budget. Patents are expensive – approximately $5,000 – $10,000 or more (depending on invention complexity). Developing, marketing, and bringing your own product to market can cost many thousands more. Is is possible for an inventor of modest means… Continue reading Inventing on a Limited Budget