How To Start Your Engine For Invention
By John Dir
If you are a person with a passion for finding out how things work, or someone with a constant stream of inspirational ideas to occupy your time, you probably do not need to be told how to innovate, because you are already doing it on a regular basis. For other people, ideas may be plentiful, but figuring out how and where to start may be too daunting to accomplish anything material. Some limit their dreams to ideas that are so far away from reality, they are beyond anyone's capability to reach.
Almost every normal person finds some sort of inspirational idea associated with something that interests them. All too often, when a person believes they have a new idea, a little research will prove that the idea is not new, and someone else has already solved the problem, or is marketing the thing you had in mind to create. After a few of these disappointments, many people stop listening to their inspirations and move on to something more "useful" to do with their time and energy.
Wasted inspiration is wasted opportunity, even if the same inspiration has already occurred to others. Like any other faculty we develop, the ability to solve problems and answer questions requires practice to be made perfect. When an idea comes to mind that is new to you, it does not matter if someone else has also had the same idea. The way to exercise your inventive urge is to use the abilities and information you have to solve a problem, find an answer, or make something you want that you do not have. Once you have worked out a solution, researching your answer will then confirm whether or not your own idea is best. Remember, it is always better to get the money from the next big thing than it is to buy it.
The best way to fire up your engine for invention is to look for improvements to existing tools or products, interests, ideas, or problems to resolve that are within your ability to produce. Do not let the assumption that someone else has already pursued the idea stop you from taking your own shot at the creative process. To help you free your mind of limitations, consider the truth that if painters decided not to pursue their inspirations because someone else had already learned how to paint, there would be far less art to appreciate in the world.
If you truly wish to see where your own ideas take you, you must begin the journey by bringing your ideas to life. When you pursue your inventive or inspirational ideas, you are not wasting time; consider it an investment. The more often you use your ability to create and develop your own ideas, the more inspiration you will receive. With this kind of practice, a time may come when you truly have a new idea, and you will be skilled enough to bring that idea to life.
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