The inventing process is long – really long. It’s often difficult to stay motivated throughout the entire journey. These are some important tips to keep your spirits up and prevent your enthusiasm from sinking.
Make a game plan. You must see the end of the road before you can reach it. Your road map is critical – so make sure you haven’t left off any steps. Learn exactly what each of these steps are from a credible source, like a mentor or book.
Take one step at a time. You can’t eat an entire elephant in one sitting, can you? Crossing out each accomplishment will encourage and instill confidence within you.
Reward yourself. Celebrate your accomplishments along the way. Don’t wait until the very “end” to do so – there is rarely a clearly defined end.
Find ways to have fun. Your tasks will often be challenging or monotonous – try turning a challenge into a contest or game. This may be especially helpful if you’re a competitive person.
Be flexible. Realize that your roadmap isn’t set in stone. There will definitely be twists, turns, and roadblocks. The ease with which you approach these unforeseen changes will directly affect your motivation.
Avoid negativity. Put down the newspaper! Turn off the television! Surround yourself with like-minded people who have faith in the inventing process and/or you. You may be able to find these people on a forum or in an inventing group.
Get inspired. Find a book that encourages you, an individual who’s accomplished what you have – whatever. Being able to turn to an inspiration will encourage you when you’re down and out.
Be healthy. Eat healthfully. Exercise. Sleep.
Stephen Key is a successful award-winning inventor who has licensed
over 20 products in the past 25 years. Along with business partner
Andrew Krauss, Stephen runs inventRight, a company dedicated to educating inventors about selling their ideas and the skills needed to succeed. You can ask questions and get advice on the inventRight forum, check out the resource center, and listen to the weekly radio show on inventing. Get In The News, list your invention to have media outlets find you for news stories.