I can tell you how important it is to study the marketplace, explain the different types of protection available for your product, guide you through making a cold call and negotiating a licensing contract. And I will. But this information has limited value until a larger, fundamental truth about inventing is accepted and practiced.
Perception. It has the power to change everything. Inventing is not, and can never be, a “get rich quick” scheme. It happens. But those are merely rare and fleeting examples. Inventing is a labor of love, of passion. It demands patience and persistence. It demands a faith in oneself and one’s idea that is constantly tested throughout lows and highs, a roller coaster of ups and downs.
To be sure, inventing is also a numbers game. The more ideas you come up with, the more products you produce, the more information and knowledge you amass, the higher your probability of achieving success. But inventor’s who believe they can simply get in and get out will fail. In this respect, inventing is not unlike any other profession. You must not rely on chance but practice.
I’ve been “inventing” for twenty-five years. I put inventing in “” because even I am not always wholly comfortable with the title. Bringing a product to market demands that I wear so many different hats and practice so many different skills. I market, publicize, advertise. I am sometimes a salesman and sometimes a negotiator – but always my own greatest cheerleader.
Any success I’ve achieved today is a result of years and years of time and energy invested into this adventure. It took me more than a few years to get my feet wet. And I smile when I realize how much I still don’t know. But I keep on keeping on, so to say. And you need to too.