Inventors come in all different sizes and shapes and colors – and ages. I was pleased to discover another organization that’s highlighting the creativity and innovation of America’s youth. The National Gallery for America’s Young Inventor’s showcases new inventions from six young inventors each year. I was extremely impressed by the collection of inventions featured on the website! I commend the Gallery for helping to preserve and archive some of the great ideas of America’s youth. If you’d like to check out some of the inventions featured, visit http://www.nmoe.org/gallery/. Each has been selected for its potential to impact society positively. If you know or are a mentor to a young inventor, this could be a great opportunity for him or her.
Frankly, I can’t help but be inspired by young inventors. I’m often contacted by recent college graduates, all of whom are so excited about their inventions and so eager to begin the process of bringing a product to market. Their energy rejuvenates me. It’s easy to lose our initial enthusiasm during the long and sometimes frustrating inventing process.
Try to hold on to what originally motivated you. Don’t forget to spark your own creative juices! Sometimes I’m so bogged down in the business side of inventing that I forget why I even began doing so. But then I’m reminded: I love working with my hands, I love the possibility and hope of a new idea, and I love improving people’s lives. I love being in control of my future.
Why did you begin inventing? What inspires you?
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.