So, you have an amazing idea, and you’re not sure how to proceed…
Relax. Get comfortable. Take a deep slow breath, (through your nose). Let it out slowly (through your mouth).
Long ago and far away, I was where you likely are at, (figuratively speaking). I was just a regular guy (person) with a few ideas. Six ideas, to be exact, and I felt strongly that each of these ideas had great potential (FYI: you only need one good idea). My friends were telling me for the most part, that my ideas were great and I was going to be rich for sure. Every day, (when I wasn’t working a day job to pay the bills) I would have new insights, bouncing from one idea to the next. I was good with my hands and with tools, so I would build crude prototypes, test them, and feel accomplished.
I was convinced that I was making progress, especially when the prototypes worked as I had envisioned.
But there was a problem – As time went on and on, and I kept struggling to pay the bills, I realized I wasn’t getting anywhere – I wasn’t really getting closer to my goal. Sure, my prototypes got better, my ideas became more refined, but in regards to making money from my ideas, no, I was stuck! I didn’t know what to do, beyond refining my ideas, (and I could do that forever), I didn’t have the resources (money) to file a patent, and even if I did scrape the money together for the patent, I didn’t have the knowledge or business experience to turn that patent (technically it would be a patent pending) into money.
Seriously, who do you trust, with what may be a million or billion-dollar idea… the answer is, you don’t have to trust anyone. You can move forward and cover your bases as you go, and here’s the best part: you’re going to do make it all happen on your own (pretty much).
This guide will walk you through the steps, one by one, as well as identify most of the landmines you need to avoid stepping on, in order to get where you want to be, which is making money from your idea.
How to spot contract slight of hand - Chapter 22
If you don’t yet have an idea, or you determine after reading Chapter 5, that your idea doesn’t have a viable market, this guide will help you think like an inventor. You’ll learn (I’ll show you) how to look at the world around you in a different way, a creative and entertaining way, but don’t blame me when you start waking up in the middle of the night with ideas (hopefully good ideas) and if you do wake up with ideas, defiantly don’t go back to sleep without writing them down. No matter how good they are, you will not likely, remember them in the morning.
Here’s what I do when inspiration strikes (night or day), I immediately open notes on my phone and dictate, or type the idea, with a reference of what caused the inspiration, close the app, and get back to what I was doing. Often, I’ll be talking to someone, and they’ll say something that sparks an idea. For example, I was having a conversation with a friend, Brandy Gillmore, about the writing of this book, and she said, the best written books are sticky, in that they draw you in and make you feel connected, in a personal way to the author. I completely agree with her on that, but when she used the word sticky, in reference to my book, my brain visualized a book cover made out of Velcro, the stickiest material I know of that’s not actually glue (*Idea of the Day). Imagine being in a book store, and coming across a book about inventing, or for that matter, a book on any subject, with a cover made of Velcro… That may be an interesting marketing ploy, for my book, who knows, but point is, this is what happens when you encourage your brain to daydream.
I don’t analyze, the idea beyond the creative moment that spawned it, because that requires switching from divergent thinking (creative, open-minded, anything is possible thinking) to convergent thinking (analytical). Yes, there’s a time and a place for analytical thinking, but nothing shuts down creativity faster than a convergent mindset. Later on, convergent thinking will rule the day, when you start reviewing your growing list of ideas, and it’s time to make some hard decisions.
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