If you are looking for great new invention ideas, how do you go about it? Many people have great ideas. In fact a great idea can strike at any time and usually when you least expect it. But what happens if you want to turn yourself into an idea machine where you come up with new ideas on demand? That's when most people draw a blank and don't know what to do.
If you are under the gun to come up with a new invention idea, what do you do? Even easy invention ideas and simple inventions don't always come in a flash of brilliance. Many times you must work hard for them.
There are three steps I recommend following when inspiration is needed. These steps are simple but they don't always follow in a straight line. The three steps are to observe the world around you, have lots of ideas and be persistent.
To observe the world around you is to see ordinary things from a different perspective. When it comes to finding new ideas for products it simply means observing the wants and needs of people around you. A good product idea fills a need, satisfies a want or solves a problem. The trick is to see the need, want or problem and then come up with a creative solution in the form of a new product. Think about the problems we all run into everyday and solve them.
'The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas.' - Linus Pauling, Nobel Prize Winner.
Linus Pauling knew what he was talking about when it came to great ideas. He is the only person to receive two unshared Nobel Prizes, one for Chemistry and one for Peace. He had many big ideas that have touched all of our lives over the years. However, you do not need to be a great scientist or humanitarian to have good ideas.
The second step in coming up with great new invention ideas is to have a lot of them. Once you determine what the problem to be solved is, spend time thinking about how you can fill the void. This step often takes time. Jot down ideas in a notebook without judging or trying to predetermine their success.
Ideas that appear silly on the surface can take you in a promising direction. Brainstorm. Spend time at local retail outlets walking the aisles where your product solution may be offered. Spending quality time at retail stores talking with store clerks and customers can yield some of the best ideas. This also gives you a good understanding about what is already on the market.
After you identify the problem you are going to solve and you have done your research many times the best thing you can do is to set it aside and do something else. Joey Reiman in his book "Thinking for a Living" calls this Incubation. You need to let the problem and the research marinate for a while. Often you will come up with a solution and have a Eureka moment at the most unexpected times. Incubation is where the best ideas come from.
The last thing you need to generate new invention ideas is perseverance. Sometimes ideas come in a flash when they are least expected. Be ready for these ideas by having a notebook handy. Other times they may take many hours of methodical work. Some ideas take years to mature. In my experience the problems that take the longest to solve offer the most reward. Be patient with your ideas and nurture them like they are your children. Sometimes a little patience can pay off big.
Don't take your ideas for granted. Write them down. Work on them over time and don't ever give up on the search for solutions to life's problems. Once you find that one great idea you will need some money to make it a reality. Learn how to fund your idea.
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