An exciting new year has just begun. For better or for worse, the beginning of a new year tends to cause us to reflect. What can you improve upon? In what ways were you successful? Have you achieved what you set out to? Don’t be disappointed if you haven’t (yet). But do make the following resolutions yours too. If I had to choose three resolutions for inventors to focus on in 2010, these would be it. And honestly, they’re some of mine too.
Focus. Limit the number of ideas you’re working on. If you find yourself juggling multiple ideas, choose one. You’re more likely to be successful if you focus your energies on bringing one product to market. And even if you’re ultimately unsuccessful, you’ll become more familiar with the latter, more difficult steps of the process. Measure these steps in small, achievable goals! These seemingly small victories are what make the big picture work.
Forget the past. Live for the future. Regret isn’t a productive emotion, so get over it! It is okay to fail. But learn from your failures and apply those lessons towards the future. Don’t dwell on them and please, don’t wallow in negativity. You can’t change the past, but your attitude affects the future.
Know your strengths and weaknesses. What did you do well last year? What did you enjoy the most? What tasks did you struggle to complete? Having an acute sense of what you’re good at and what you’re not will make it easier for you to call on others for help when you need it. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness… it’s a sign you’re committed to doing whatever it takes to bring your product to the marketplace! And doing it in a timely manner.
Stephen Key is a successful award-winning inventor who has licensed over 20 products in the past 30 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 listen to the weekly radio show on inventing. Get In The News, list your invention to have media outlets find you for news stories.