Category Archives: Setbacks

Inventing – The Road(s) Not Traveled

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost The above poem,one of the most oft quoted from poet Robert Frost, resonates with millions more … Continue reading

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Inventor’s Story: from the Pits to a Peak

I have written a few posts about resources, many of which are free, readily available to assist inventors in developing their businesses. Below is the most recent post: Resources Galore for Inventors – July 2016 The July post described resources that were specific to invention – people and companies that could help you move forward with your […]

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Inventors: How to Turn Setbacks into Success

I have written a few posts about resources, many of which are free, readily available to assist inventors in developing their businesses. Below is the most recent post: Resources Galore for Inventors – July 2016 The July post described resources that were specific to invention – people and companies that could help you move forward with your […]

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5 Behaviors of Successful Inventors

What is the difference between an attitude and a behavior? Over many years, I have observed that successful inventors exude different behaviors from wannabe inventors. Successful inventors: Embrace risk in a healthy, balanced way Accept criticism with an open mind Turn … Continue reading

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Turning No’s Into Inventing Success, Part II

This post is a follow up to Turning No’s Into Inventing Success from last week. In that post, I described the most painful no I ever received – from a large wallet manufacturer who had initially been keenly interested in licensing my … 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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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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Inventing Basics: the 3 R’s of Inventing

Successful inventors live by the 3 R’s of inventing (be) Resourceful (be) Resilient  (be willing to) Reconsider Inventors are creative problem solvers. Successful inventors, however, are resourceful in every aspect of their businesses, whereas unsuccessful inventors, all to often look … Continue reading

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