When you tell someone you’re an inventor they often look at you a little odd. Some people even assume you’re a little crazy. but we’re really not. Are we?
Okay – sorry to break this to you but some of us are a little odd. In fact some inventors are downright crazy. Crazy that is for thinking the inventing industry is a place they can find achievement with little effort.
Fueled by media stories of wild success and inventor shows that hype your ability to make millions from a bar napkin idea. People often run to the inventing industry like it was the California gold rush of 1849.
In a sense I guess it is a little like the gold rush. There are wild stories of riches, people flocking to get their share, massive failure, and even invention companies telling you how rich you will get as they sell you a shovel to dig your hole.
Did he say failure? That’s right, massive failure.
You see, even the most educated and well prepared inventors fail more than they succeed. In fact, they often fail many times before they ever find success. So it’s no big surprise that the “gold rush” inventors with their lack of understanding and almost zero willingness to learn, are failing at an amazing rate.
When they do, the result is often anger and distaste for both the inventing process and the industry itself. Like many of us they invested in their dream, and like we all do at some point or another – they failed.
What they really failed at wasn’t their product or invention. What they failed at was developing the skills to succeed in the industry. Often they look for a shortcut to fame and fortune that as professional inventors we all know simply doesn’t exist.
The reality of this modern day gold rush is the same as 1849 – many will come and few will succeed.
Those who do succeed are the ones that take the time to educate themselves on the process and hone their craft. There may be a map you can follow in terms of your process, but there are no shortcuts to success in the inventing industry.