Do you have what it takes to be an inventor? These are the three qualities that I’ve discovered are the most important to have as an inventor.
Are you a creative problem solver? Most people understand that being creative is an essential part of being an inventor – you’re creating inventions, obviously. But creative problem solving extends beyond coming up with new ideas. Can you solve the many other problems you’re going to encounter on your inventing journey? You are going to need to be creative to get into the right companies, to find the right people to work with, to find the right way to manufacture your product, etc.
Do you actually like people? Inventing is all about sales – selling yourself and selling your product. If you aren’t good with people, you need to find a partner who is. You’re going to be working meetings, working on the phone, working to network with people. Sales chops are a must.
Can you take rejection? Because a lot of people are going to tell you “no” and slam the veritable door in your face. And even more importantly, can you turn that no into a yes? Inventors need tough skin. You’re going to have to knock on door after door and ask why you were rejected. If you can take that response and incorporate change into your invention – well then you’ve hit the jackpot. Because you’re turning that negative into a positive. Bouncing back is an inevitable necessity.
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.