Category Archives: resilience

The Entrepreneurial Rollercoaster

Everyone enjoys entrepreneurial success stories, especially the ones with the aura of “overnight success.” There is almost a formulaic plot line to many of the stories: Paul has a steady job, makes a six-figure income,in a stressful job He resigns from his job to pursue … Continue reading

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Turning No’s into Inventing Success

I hesitated to write this particular blog post. I knew lots of readers would roll their eyes and say to themselves, “oh boy, another tawdry tale about failing in the process of success.” I know. But, honestly, I had to … Continue reading

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Grit for Inventors

Inventors always are searching for new product ideas; and always seek the elusive secret to inventing success. Spoiler alert: there is not a secret to inventing success. Success comes from practicing a combination of many behaviors consistently over time. I separate … 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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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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Inventing is a Marathon not a Sprint

New inventors sometimes ask me questions like these below: How soon can I get my product “out there”? How long will it take me to get my product licensed? How long will it be before I make money from my … Continue reading

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Want to be an Inventor? Why?

As an inventor and consultant, I feel part of my mission is to help aspiring inventors; in some cases by discouraging them from being inventors. Why? The odds of success for a new aspiring inventor are less than 5%, perhaps … Continue reading

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