Celebrating National Inventor Day: February 11
What makes a successful inventor?
What separates successful inventors like Thomas Edison from everyone else? History has shown that the most successful inventors possess the following characteristics:
- They are persistent. Obstacles loom in front of us on a regular basis. But it’s what you do when faced with these barriers that will determine your level of success.
- Successful inventors are avid goal setters. They make sure their goals are specific, motivational, achievable yet challenging, relevant to their personal situation, and time-framed.
- Great inventors ask quality questions. The most effective way to present their product is to uncover their customer’s goals, objectives, concerns and hesitations.
- Successful inventors listen. Great inventors ask questions and listen carefully to the responses, often taking notes and summarizing their understanding of the comments.
- Successful inventors are passionate. The more passionate you are about your product/idea, the greater the chance you will succeed. The reason for this is simple—when you love what you do, you are going to put more effort into your product/idea.
- Successful inventors take responsibility for their results. They do not blame internal problems, the economy, tough competitors, or anything else if they fail to meet their goals.