August 24, 2007 3:06 pm

August is Invention Girl’s favorite month because it’s host to my favorite celebration: National Inventors Month! As you take time this month to reflect on important inventors and innovations, InventHelp and Invention Girl offer three simple ways to help you to improve your own inventing prowess!

1. Start Anytime

It’s never too late (or too early) to become an inventor. Some folks are born with the drive; others may not have their first great idea until well into the Golden Years.

Today’s up-and-coming generation, or Generation Y, are well on their way to becoming the most entrepreneurial group in history. New technology and resources make it easier than ever to become a do-it-yourselfer.

2. Keep It Simple

Inventions don’t necessarily have to be complicated. Sure, a robot that can climb stairs is very impressive, but it doesn’t have much of an impact on the lives of everyday Americans.

It’s the simple things that make day to day life easier.

The Band-Aid® is a perfect example of a simple yet practical invention. Invented by Johnson & Johnson employee Earle Dickson in the 1920s, the Band-Aid® today is so popular it’s hard to find a medicine cabinet without a box of them.

If there’s one thing to be learned from the Band-Aid® story, it’s that keeping it simple works. If there’s a second thing to be learned, it’s that people are perpetually clumsy!

3. Keep at It

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are inventions.

Take, for example, toilet paper. While running out of tissue in the bathroom now registers as a major catastrophe, it wasn’t always so.

It may be hard to believe, but it took almost ten years and attempts by several different individuals before the concept of toilet paper on a roll really took off.

The toilet paper story shows that although you may have a great idea, simple factors like the ability to market your idea can work against you.

And while persistence is no guarantee of success, it’s always better to try and fail than to never try at all! Invention Girl and InventHelp encourage you to use these simple tips to become a better inventor. Remember, every great invention starts as a great idea!

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