The Invention Addict 12 Step Program to Invent—Going from Inspiration to Innovation.


This is a series of posts on the 12 steps how to invent a product. A DIY class for inventors.

The first step is REALIZATION. Note, it’s not running out and contacting a patent attorney, that comes later, if at all.

Honesty
You must me honest with your self and realize that this is not easy. It will take work and you will probably get discouraged along the way.

Reality
I could quote statistics about the percent of ideas that are patented and reach commercial success but I won’t. There are a lot of stupid patents out there. The fact that some attorneys actually file these for clients is absurd.

There are also a lot of not so great ideas for products or simply products nobody would want. If you ever watched American Inventor or Pitchmen you will know what I mean. I don’t get Everyday Edison’s here but I can imagine what they get.

Attitude
You also need to realize that you can do this. You are creative; you just need to work on it just like exercising your muscles. You need to exercise your mind. Creating begets creating.

Fear
You need to overcome fear. The fear of feeling dumb, the fear you idea will be stolen, the fear of rejection, and the fear of failure.

Inertia
Newton’s First Law—inertia is the tendency for an object at rest to remain at rest, usually on the sofa in front of the TV. This is usually coupled with Analysis Paralysis, where you keep analyzing and never do anything.

Slacker’s Remorse
Harvey Reese calls “Slacker’s Remorse” a situation where you see a product and say, “I thought of that 10 years ago”. Well, someone actually did something about it.

Help
You will need help. There are tons of free resources to help. But you need to get over your pride.

Here is a great resource for free reliable help without the inane chatter of typical inventor forums: http://theinventorsmentors.forumo.biz/forum.htm

It’s Work
How much work you do is up to you. It’s a matter of money. I could pay someone to paint my house or I can do it myself. Same with inventing. You can pay someone to do all the work or some of the work. You could even take a chance and enter a contest, hope and wait, and maybe get lucky.

Conclusion
The golf great Gary Player said, “The more I practice, the luckier I get”. If you practice these steps, you will be more successful. It’s not about luck, it’s about stacking the deck in your favor.

I’m not trying to beat you up. I want you to commit to do this. You can learn it. You can get help. You can be successful.

Summary
Here are the 12 steps to invent a product:
1. Realization
2. Frustration
3. Ideation
4. Exploration
5. Investigation
6. Simulation
7. Productization
8. Confirmation
9. Communication
10. Conversation
11. Negotiation
12. Celebration

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