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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Great inventors ask quality questions. The most effective way to present their product is to uncover their customer’s goals, objectives, concerns and hesitations.
  4. Successful inventors listen. Great inventors ask questions and listen carefully to the responses, often taking notes and summarizing their understanding of the comments.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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