Monthly Archives: June 2015

Have a Great Idea? What to Do Now?

Every great invention begins first with an idea, an aha moment. Dealing with problems often points to unexpected opportunities. Not surprisingly, many invention ideas are solutions to annoying problems. Now that you have your aha moment, your great idea, what … Continue reading

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Begin with the End in Mind

Rule #2 from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Begin with the end in mind. This advice is particularly relevant for inventors.  Being laser focused upon what you want to achieve will guide you to success more quickly. I wish … Continue reading

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Invention Basics: 2 Myths and 2 Maths

Like most businesses, invention has its myths and its maths. Myths are beliefs that, while intriguing and enticing, simply are not true – they are myths. Maths are the opposite of myths; they are concepts that are intrinsically true, but, far from … Continue reading

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Leveraging the American Dream, Part 2

In the previous post on Leveraging the American Dream I addressed a key challenge affecting lower and middle-income workers: they have no effective leverage to obtaining higher wages. The hourly worker may indeed work more hours, but they cannot work 24 hours … Continue reading

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Leveraging the American Dream, Part 1

Most people cannot lift a 500 pound weight off the ground by themselves. But, by using a simple lever with a long bar and a fulcrum, they can use a small amount of force with leverage to lift a heavy weight. I … Continue reading

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Invention Success: Follow the Rules

When I was a child, one of the first lessons I learned from my parents was “follow the rules” – of appropriate behavior. Throughout our adult lives we learn to ‘follow the rules’ for success in our career (show up on time, … Continue reading

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