Category Archives: Problem-solvers

‘Olympian’ Inventor: Go for the Gold

The eyes of millions are riveted on their TV sets as the world’s top-echelon athletes compete in the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro . All the athletes are “going for the gold,” but very few will win gold, silver, or bronze … Continue reading

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The Road Less Traveled for Inventors

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—  I took the one less traveled by,  And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost Patent, Prototypes, and Packaging Much of inventing and the creative process is intangible: will consumers really understand … Continue reading

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Cutting the Gordian Knot to Inventing Success

The Gordian Knot is a legend of Phrygian Gordium associated with Alexander the Great. It is often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem (disentangling an “impossible” knot) solved easily by loophole or “thinking outside the box” (“cutting the Gordian knot”). The iconic Gordian knot is analogous to the … Continue reading

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Secret to Inventing Success: Annoying Problems

Would you like to invent a hugely successful product? Imagine saying goodbye to your 9 to 5 and hello to “living the life.” Sounds great, doesn’t it? But most new innovative products fail. Is there a secret to finding that next … Continue reading

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The American Dream: Myth and Reality, Part II

In the prior post, The American Dream: Myth and Reality, I discussed two premises regarding the American dream: Premise 1: It should be Easy to Earn a Lucrative Living Premise 2: Those willing to Take Risk and Work very Hard May Achieve … Continue reading

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Inventors: Become Curious Observers

I have observed that engineers, accountants, architects and other professionals who put many long, hard hours not only into their profession, but into continuing educations to maintain their skills in the marketplace. Makes perfect sense: to succeed and advance in … Continue reading

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A & R: What it is and Why it Matters to Your Business

In every workplace on the planet, water-cooler conversations (are there still “water coolers?”) often revolve around the blame game: what went wrong and who’s going to get the blame? Quite often the person  blamed wasn’t at fault or even involved, but … Continue reading

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