December 7, 2016 4:33 pm

Inventors have certain traits and habits that set them apart from the majority of people and inspire them to come up with their creations. If you exhibit some of these traits and habits, chances are you’ve got the brain of an inventor!

You Have Many Ideas

You are always thinking of new ideas. You know that some are good and some are bad, and as soon as new ideas come to you, you either file them to be forgotten if they are unworkable or pursued if they are feasible. Try performing some brainstorming activities and user scenarios to test ideas that you want to take on in the future.

You Work at Odd Places and Times

Maybe you do your best thinking in the shower at 2 a.m. or you jump out of bed every morning to write your latest idea in your notebook. Maybe you are very productive on the train ride into work or perhaps your knick-knacks lining the wall in your den help you to create. Regardless, you find that you work best during odd hours and in strange places. This might be because interrupting your day-to-day routine encourages you to be creative or you can only focus in a place you’ve made for yourself.

You’re Always Problem Solving

In the words of Vanilla Ice, “If there was a problem, yo I’ll solve it.” Any time a problem comes to you, whether it’s something you’re experiencing or something you witness, your brain starts immediately gearing up to solve the problem. This pertains especially to things that are broken and can be fixed or tasks that need to be improved. What invention can you come up with to solve that problem?

You’re Easily Bored

If the task at hand doesn’t involve creative problem solving, you tend to rush through it or skip it completely. If you hate cleaning the bathroom, you’ll spend an hour cleaning and then another couple of hours designing a tool that helps you clean more quickly to save time next time. You might also not do well with down time and instead, opt to distract yourself with puzzles and other problem-solving games.

You Hate Being Told No

If someone tells you a task is impossible, your first response is to start thinking of ways you can accomplish it. You hate being told no. Instead, you are persistent and ready to tackle any challenge you face. You know that there is always a solution to a problem, but sometimes it just takes a bit more effort to find it – and you’re willing to put in that effort.

You’re Resourceful

As a child, you probably played with things that weren’t toys or made your own toys from everyday household objects. Today, you use the resources around you for the tasks you have to accomplish or simply during playful experimentation. When you buy something new from a store, you make use of the box and packing materials it came in. Nothing goes to waste with you. Picasso said, “If I don’t have red, I use blue,” – adopt this mantra in your life.

You Live to Help Others

You prioritize helping other people in every facet of life and you believe that your innovations can truly help people, whether in big or small ways. The potential to make a difference in society is what drives you day in and day out.

Inventors, though individually different in many ways, share many of the same habits and characteristics. If many of these applied to you, the signs point to you being an inventor!

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