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Roger’s lessons #

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Thank you, Jacob.

That’s showing initiative for you.

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Wow, I thought you were quoting Scripture…I guess you are !

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Good work JD! Thanks so much

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Very helpful thanks so much Jacob! Wow the info in here is amazing- nice, nice job Roger over all those years!

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Nice work Jacob!
Hopefully E.N. will put this up top with the other perma-posts..!

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I am with Michael, maybe EN will put this at the top with the other perma-post! Great work Jacob! And to Roger! Thanks!

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Again, great job Mr. Inventor of the Month. I just caught the “Roger’s lessuns”. LoL

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Thank you, glad to help. But I must give credit where credit is due.

Roger Brown, thank you for writing and posting all of these articles.

Edison Nation, thank you for maintaining a great forum.

SEARCH BAR, at the top of the screen. Thank you for your help. You are a great feature.

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Hey guys!

This thread is now sticky! Enjoy!

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Hello to all! For clarification as this is now a sticky post, we have changed the title of the thread to “Industry Tips to Inventing”.

Thank you!

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I like it!

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Jacob thanks for putting the list together. I hope everyone finds it useful.

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Nice list Jacob and very thoughtful of you to assemble.

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Lesson # 47 How Much Time Do You Spend Inventing?
http://www.edisonnation.com/forums/creativity/t...

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Entrepreneur Vs Wantrepreneur
ALEX PIROUZ
CONTRIBUTOR ‘Entrepreneur Magazine’

FEBRUARY 02, 2015
It seems like everyone is calling themselves an entrepreneur these days, chasing the glory and status of being the next big success story.

The truth of the matter is, there are hundreds and thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs who think they have a winning idea but never manage to put it into action and go on to growing a successful business. I call these people “wantrepreneurs”

There are many key characteristics that separate entrepreneurs from wantrepreneurs, but over the years I’ve realized these are the three most common traits:

1. Passionate about business
You hear so many entrepreneurs say you need to be passionate about the business you’re in but rarely do you hear them say be passionate about business as a whole.

Related: The 6 Scary Truths About Becoming an Entrepreneur

A slight shift in language but a huge difference to how you play the game of business. Those who have achieved success rarely are passionate about one particular industry as much as they are passionate about business.

To grow an idea from conception to a successful, thriving business, you will need to convince investors, customers, partners and employees to believe in you and your vision. If you are not 100 percent convinced and passionate about your product or service, why should anyone else be?

Let me ask you a question: If you had all the money and time in the world would you still be dedicated and driven to grow your business? If the answer to this question is no, then call it quits right now. You will save yourself a lot of time, money and stress.

In my opinion all real entrepreneurs are driven by their passion and love for business, wantrepreneurs are driven by the idea of being an entrepreneur.

2. Take massive action
When it comes down to it, taking action is what really counts. Entrepreneurs take the leap of faith even when their website, prototype or product is not complete.

Related: 15 Signs You’re an Entrepreneur

Don’t worry if you think you’re not ready, you’ll learn more by just doing than what you will ever read in a book. That textbook can’t prepare you for every scenario nor is it catered to your exact goals and vision of what you want.
Real entrepreneurs do what they say they’re going to do; wantrepreneurs talk about it but never really get started.

Don’t let yourself become paralyzed by information, take massive action.

3. Sacrifice
Wantrepreneurs have this idealistic vision of what it is like to be an entrepreneur. They might see it as the quickest way to get rich or the ability to set their own hours and be their own boss and not have to answer to anyone.

But not answering to anyone means you will need to be extremely disciplined and harder on yourself than any boss you’ve ever had in the past. Setting your own hours only means you’ll be pouring in more in the beginning, because you’ll be overflowing with ideas, tasks and projects that need to get done.

On the other hand, successful entrepreneurs use profit as a measuring scale of their own success, know the long hours they need to work to make it happen and understand that the only time you see the word shortcut before success is in the dictionary.

It’s ridiculous the roller coaster of emotions you have to go through in order to start, grow and eventually exit your own business.

You’ll have moments of total despair and frustration where you wonder if you were crazy to even attempt this, but you’ll also have insane highs where you feel like you’re on top of the world.

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Lesson # 48 Quit Making People Guess What Your Idea Is http://www.edisonnation.com/forums/other/topics...

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Lesson #49 What Do You Do To Get Your Mind Rolling? http://www.edisonnation.com/forums/other/topics...

Exposing yourself to new areas you have not dealt with before helps broaden your knowledge base. I will wander Lowes, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Toys R Us routinely looking at all the products in the store. I will also pick a store I have never been in before such as a paint store or a stone and tile store to see if anything sparks my interest.

One exercise I do daily is to randomly pick a subject for that day and no matter what else I am working on I write down as many ways you can improve on that subject. I find that after a while I will have things pop into my head without really concentrating on the subject. Today’s subject is shovels.

As far as how I would create a new shovel, I do this for most of the items I work on. I look at what is currently available. While doing that I try and see if I see any inherent issues with consumer use. Is there a way to make what it is doing easier, faster, or a better way of accomplishing the end task? If I have heard complaints about the product or read any disadvantages about using the product online I try and think of a solution to those complaints. I look and see if combining that item with something else would make it better or more user friendly. I try and think if I owned the company what I would do to make mine stand out over what my competitors are making.

You never know what can spark an idea. I was in a store and saw a new product that crimps electrical wire together which got me thinking about other electrical hand tools. I have been riding in my truck and heard someone talking on the radio about how they hated the peep hole on their front door because they are all at one height and not user friendly for short people. This person kept a stool near their door to use in order to comfortably look through the peephole. That got me thinking of a solution that would make it universal for all people. This is why I say there is not just one way to get ideas. They are all around you.

In some cases I think Inventors overthink the process because they think it has to be black and white. In inventing there is a lot of gray. You have to be flexible in your approach to the solution and not rigid in how you find the solution. I know some people hate the KISS acronym, but that really is the best solution. Many Inventors think everything they develop has to be complicated. Many of the best solutions are simple common sense.

Some Inventors think it is a waste of time wandering stores such as Lowes, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Toys R Us or a store that carries the product line I have as my target. Actually seeing these products in person can help you get a better feel/understanding of how the product works and may help you see improvements or accessories that could be added to those products. It also helps you eliminate wasting your time thinking on a concept/idea that you see is already on the market. It gives you an idea of the price range companies feel consumers will pay for such an item.

I have been in stores looking at a specific product line and noticed other products I did not know existed which sparked other ideas. The more you learn about products that are out there the more you broaden your field of ideas. Inventing is about being creative, flexible, looking at things in a different slant and seeing opportunities.

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This is so painful. I had to force myself to watch it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZASfVZJmk_I

I feel it is in category with- (if I could quote the colonel here) “A big ole serving of Harsh-Browns”.

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Jacob, I resemble that remark. LOL I have been called many things but no one has never been able to say I wasn’t trying to help Inventors improve their chances of success.

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Roger, I appreciate your realistic approach to inventing. Inventing involves peoples dreams and wallets. Both are very personal topics; and are difficult to discuss. You are brave to do so! More importantly I find your “harsh” lessons to be refreshing. As though I finally found someone who isn’t blowing smoke or belching jealousy.

To invent you must be able to dream. Sometimes dreams distance themselves so far from reality that it becomes physiologically poignant to realistically evaluate them.

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Jacob, having dreams are great. It gives us goals to strive for and to focus our energy. My main concern is that Inventors go after their dreams by being informed not just on emotion.

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Here is Lesson # 50 Why Do Inventor’s Lack Knowledge of Their Competition?
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Here is Lesson #51 Do You Really Look At Your Product When You Come Up With It?
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Thank you Roger, we really appreciate your popping in and generously sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience.

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Here is Lesson # 52 What If an Inventor Group Is not Near you?
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Here is Lesson #53 Is There Such A Thing As The Best Deal?
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Here is Lesson # 54 Many Inventors Lack Focus and Direction
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Lesson # 55 A Bad Idea in a Silk Suit is Still a Bad Idea

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Lesson # 56 Who Cares What the Company's Policy is for Submitting Your Idea?

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Lesson # 57 Why Inventors Need A Couple Of Brutally Honest People On Their Side?

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Lesson # 58 Lets talk Royalties

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Lesson # 59 Can You Say It Without Saying It?

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Lesson # 60 Should Family Members or Business Partners Sign an NDA?

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Lesson # 61 Functionality Versus Practicality: Where Do You Draw The Line?

 Excerpt from "Common Sense Inventing" Ebook

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Lesson # 62 Is Everyone Else Wrong?

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Lesson # 63 A Product Does Not Have to Match the Patent

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Lesson # 64  How Much Is Your Learning Curve Costing You?

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Lesson # 65 Do You Know The Answers To These Questions About Your Idea/Product?

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Lesson # 66  Super Soaker Creator Receives $72.9M in Unpaid Royalties From Hasbro

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Lesson # 67 Can You Tell Issues Consumers May Have With These Products?

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Lesson # 68 What would you do to stand out in the Market?

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Lesson # 69 Have You Used a Product for Something It was not Designed for?

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Lesson # 70  Is Your Patent Pending Status or Issued Patent Still Valid?

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Lesson # 71 Practice With These Sell Sheets

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Lesson # 72 Inventor’s Need to Have Persistence, Patience and Positive Attitude to Find Success

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Lesson # 73 Why Do You Come To The Forums?

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Thanks for bringing this topic back up...I wanted to add it to my bookmarks!!!

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Hi Kathleen, glad you find this thread useful.

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Lesson # 74 WalMart May Not Be Your Best Option

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