November 17, 2016 4:22 pm

Regardless of your definition of accomplishment, there are many common characteristics shared by accomplished inventors. If you’re reading this to see how you stack up against other inventors, place a check beside each characteristic you feel applies to you. This way, you can see how you stack up. Even if you don’t have all of these strengths, don’t fret. Most can be learned with practice and by developing a winning attitude, especially if you set goals and believe in yourself.

Hard working

This goes without saying, but being an inventor is a lot of hard work. You can’t just think of an idea and hope that a company will be interested in licensing it. There are many steps in the invention process, including prototyping, research, testing, and manufacturing, and each step takes a significant amount of work. It takes someone incredibly driven to see a project until the end.

Creative

Being creative is hard work. Inventors have a knack for thinking up new ideas, looking at a problem in a different light, and using their talents and life experiences to come up with novel concepts. Although sometimes a great idea will just pop into their head, inventors often times have to try very hard to come up with unique, interesting, and innovative ideas. Creativity isn’t just something you’re born with; it is also something you strive towards.

Charismatic

When an inventor begins sharing his/her creation with others, whether it be family and friends or businesspeople, they must be charismatic and well-spoken to win and keep the attention of their audience. A little charisma can go a long way. Good eye contact, comfortable body language, and ease of explaining oneself helps an inventor get their message across in a way that engages people and makes them want to listen to more about their invention.

Risk-taking

The most accomplished inventors are those who aren’t afraid to take a risk. When you’re striving to introduce a new product to the market, playing it safe isn’t going to get you anywhere. Taking calculated risks means cold calling, putting in long hours, investing your own money, and really putting yourself out there for your invention. Risk taking is an essential part of pursuing an invention.

Flexible

Most inventors, at least when they are starting out, don’t do this for a living. They also work at a more traditional job and will also juggle their social and familial lives as well as hobbies and other activities. To make sure all his or her responsibilities are taken care of, an inventor may work long nights or while on-the-go. He or she also probably has notes and business cards everywhere to be prepared any time an idea or networking opportunity strikes.

Problem-solving

Many inventions are created by everyday people who want to solve a problem that affects their lives. Inventors usually happen to be natural problem solvers; you probably are too. Throughout the invention process, you are probably going to come up with many solutions to different roadblocks because creating an invention isn’t easy. Whether you have to go into another round of revisions with your working prototype or you’ve run into a problem with your drawings, you’ll most likely be solving problems over and over again – and practice makes perfect.

Decisive

Inventors can’t be wishy-washy with their decisions. It is important to think carefully and weigh the pros and cons of every decision, but once that decision has been made, it is essential that an inventor be unwavering and proceed with an iron will. The ability to make and stick to decisions can take you far in the world of innovation because with so many possibilities and options, it is easy to get distracted and side tracked. Measure twice, cut once.

Passionate

Inventors are some of the most passionate people. When you’re pursuing your own idea, you are really the only person on your side, at least at first. It takes a lot of passion to put in the hard work to commit yourself to a project and even more passion to share it with others. Compared to a product developer who is probably working with other’s ideas, an inventor is much more passionate because they are shaping their own brainchild.

If you feel like you possess at least some of these characteristics, give yourself a pat on the back. Although there’s no “one size fits all” definition of an inventor, many share characteristics that lend themselves to innovation and creation. Inventors are a unique breed of people and although each and every inventor is different, they also have a lot in common.

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