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How to Enjoy the Ups and Downs of the Inventing Journey

Innovation, Inventions

Inventing Rollercoaster - Davison Design and Development

Now that the kids are out of school and summer vacation is here, pool days, sleepovers, baseball games and theme park trips might be on the agenda this year.

Even though school is no longer in session, in today’s blog, we’re going to provide you with some helpful lessons to keep your mind on the end goal during your inventing journey.

Much like a rollercoaster, from the minute you start your invention ride, you’ll be taken on a trip that’s filled with ups and downs, and twists and turns. So, let’s throw our hands up in the air to enjoy the ride and stay motivated! Here’s how.

Why are you doing this?

Most inventions are solutions to problems. So, before you begin, a good exercise is to find your why –your passion. What’s the driving force behind why you want this product to succeed? Why is this invention so important to you? If you can commit yourself to this frame of mind, you can keep your mind on the end goal and remain focused, no matter what happens along the way.

Have a buddy.

When you are ready to climb on board a rollercoaster, you likely will be bringing along that person who shares in your excitement or someone who is there to push you beyond your comfort zone and provides you with some solace when you’re scared. If you have a person like that in your life, ask them to be your support system throughout your inventing journey. Treat them as your confidante, a trustworthy person you can bounce ideas off of and someone that will support you on your journey.

Stay on track.

Sometimes there are rollercoasters with a track that’s so smooth you glide right along. Other times, there are more unsteady tracks that’ll still propel you forward, but you’ll feel a bump here and there. Depending on your ride, there will be a healthy mix of smoothness and bumpiness. But, at the end of the day, each track has the potential to lead to you to the ultimate goal. As is with everything in life, change is a constant and it’s how you deal with change that can either lead to a positive or negative experience. While on your inventing ride, not everything will fall into place perfectly or how you expected. Though you may imagine that you’ll be on the smooth track from start to finish, the reality of the matter is that there are tracks along the way that could throw you for a loop. Stay positive and keep an open mind throughout and enjoy your ride.

Are you ready to buckle up and start your ride? Submit your invention idea, today!

Copyright Davison, 2016

These Famous Idea People Failed Their Way Forward

Inventing Advice, Inventor Stories, Patents

 

In Monday’s blog, we introduced the idea of failing your way forward. We showed you how failure isn’t the end. In fact, failure is just the beginning.

After sharing our founder and CEO George Davison’s story of failing forward, we were intrigued and did some investigating of our own to uncover other prominent inventors and idea people’s stories of failure that turned into success.

Without further ado, we’d like to share with you four famous idea people who failed their way forward!

Sir James Dyson

Sir James Dyson - Fail Forward

“Enjoy failure and learn from it. You can never learn from success.”

Vacuuming your home wouldn’t be the same if Sir James Dyson gave up on himself and his idea after countless failed attempts. By countless, we mean 5,126 failed prototypes, in addition to completely wiping out his savings over the course of 15 years. Little did Sir Dyson know that lucky number 5,127 would be the patent that turned his idea into reality! Now, Dyson is the best-selling bagless vacuum brand in America. It’s a story such as this that shows how failing forward, no matter how many times, can sometimes lead to major success!

Bill Gates

Bill Gates - Fail Forward

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

It might be hard to believe, but the co-founder of Microsoft endured his own setbacks. In fact, in high school, Gates along with fellow Microsoft co-found Paul Allen created Traf-O-Data. Though they were paid for their efforts, the business ultimately failed. After high school, Gates went on to attend Harvard but eventually dropped out! Though some would consider dropping out of Harvard as a failure, Gates saw it as an opportunity to pursue programming. In the end, Gates used both of these events in his life to propel himself forward and to create what we now know as Microsoft.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison - Fail Forward

“I failed my way to success.”

What would you do if you were told that you’re “too stupid to learn anything?” For some, that would cripple any attempts at chasing after their dreams, but for Edison, when his teachers told him that he was “too stupid to learn anything” he used their words as motivation to fail forward. Even after being fired from not one, but two jobs, Edison still pushed forward to chase after his dreams. If he had succumbed to these roadblocks in his life, we wouldn’t have the inventions that changed the course of our lives as we know them, including the practical electrical lamp, the phonograph and, of course, the movie camera. Naysayers couldn’t deter Edison; rather they propelled him to fail forward and ultimately have more than 1,000 patents credited to his name!

John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird - Fail Forward

Finally, in case you missed it, yesterday marked the 90-year celebration of John Logie Baird’s television invention! His mechanical television, also known as “the televisor,” was much like a radio. The difference was that his invention included a rotating mechanism that generated video to accompany the sound. Though his invention preceded the modern television, when he publicly demonstrated his invention in 1926 in Soho in front of members from the Royal Institution and a Journalist from the times, his idea wasn’t warmly accepted. In fact, the journalist didn’t see a future for this invention. But, that wasn’t the worst of it. Baird approached the Daily Express newspaper with his invention and they actually kicked him out. Talk about a failed attempt. But Baird didn’t let that failure deter him; he instead used it to fail forward and in 1927 he transmitted content a whopping 438 miles through a telephone line between London and Glasnow.

As you can see, even the most famous idea people have endured their fair share of failure along the way. However, it’s how they handled these obstacles that ultimately led them to their profound success.

Rather than letting failure define them, these idea people failed forward. Look how amazing their ideas turned out!

If you’re ready to chase after your inventing dreams with the Davison Inventing Method, submit your invention idea today!

Copyright Davison, 2016

Sources:

http://www.onlinecollege.org/2010/02/16/50-famously-successful-people-who-failed-at-first/

http://www.businessinsider.com/successful-people-who-failed-at-first-2015-7

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/google-doodle/12121474/Who-invented-the-television-John-Logie-Baird-created-the-TV-in-1926.html

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Fail your Way Forward

Inventing Advice

 

Fail Your Way Forward - Davison Inventing

The idea of “Fail your way forward” hits close to home here at Davison, but in a good way. Keep reading to learn more.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas A. Edison

“Fail your way forward.” It may sound counterproductive, because failure often carries a negative connotation. In reality, failure doesn’t mean the end; failure means the beginning of something new.

Just take our founder and CEO George Davison’s story, for example.

It all began in 1986 when Davison, like many people, had an idea for a product. His product was one that would prevent toothbrush germs from spreading and getting everyone in his family sick.

After two years of hard work and spending nearly every dime to his name to bring his idea to life, a major corporation beat him to the market with his idea.

Fail Your Way Forward - Davison Inventing Method

This is a moment that could have stifled anyone’s dreams. And though this is what some would characterize as a failure, for Mr. Davison, he used this as ammunition to “fail forward.” How? Because it got Mr. Davison thinking, “Why didn’t other idea people have access to a similar process; an affordable idea-to-product method like the one major corporations used?”

For Mr. Davison, he saw a need and since necessity is the mother of all invention, he needed everything under one roof to invent his products in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner.

He knew there was a better way to compete; after all, inventions are made because they provide solutions to problems.

From this idea, a new method that would benefit future generations of idea people was born. This idea didn’t develop overnight; it took years of experimentation to figure out the best means to affordably transform ideas into products.

On his journey, Mr. Davison experienced his fair share of failures and successes that led him to the best approach. Over time, he found a method that worked.

After two decades of hard work, Mr. Davison developed an invention method that would forever change how product ideas became actual products. It’s this method that dubbed Mr. Davison as a “Creative Genius” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

“We’ve invented the world’s most affordable way to invent and at one time, we didn’t know if we could do that. Just like all other inventions, you have to hope that you can invent it. You have to hope that you can make it affordable. You have to hope that you can tell the story about what it is – and that gets you right back to [some of the] basic pieces of inventing,” said Mr. Davison.

Mr. Davison has shared his inventing method with us and he wants to share another piece of invaluable advice with fellow idea people:

“If you’re going to be an inventor and you have an idea that you want to get out there to the world, I would stress to you to think very carefully about your chances, as a first-time of doing everything right is pretty hard. By the way, that was me many years ago. Before I started this company, I was in my early twenties and naïve; I thought I could and unfortunately I failed miserably… It took me many years to develop a skillset and to be able to build systems, so that we could actually invent affordably and achieve the outcome we were looking for.”

If you’re ready to chase after your inventing dreams with the Davison Inventing Method, submit your invention idea today!

Copyright Davison, 2016

The typical Davison client project does not result in a license, sales in stores or profit to the inventor.

How to Make Your Dreams Come True in Three Easy Steps

Holiday, Inventing Advice

Make Your Dreams Come True Day - Davison

Today is Make Your Dreams Come True Day!

We’ve all dreamed about a life where we’re living out our passion. In this life, we set goals for ourselves and work hard to achieve and exceed them, all the while enjoying the ride.

Life is an adventure and our dreams are the compass that leads us down a certain path. Dreams motivate us and encourage us to sometimes take the road less traveled.

In celebration of Make Your Dreams Come True Day, we wanted to help you make your dreams come true with the help of these three easy steps:

Get started

If you continue to dream about what could be, they’ll stay just that – dreams. The first step in making your dreams a reality is to get started. You don’t have to jump feet-first into action, rather, take your time and do your research. Test the waters and see where the stream takes you.

Get inspired

Inspiration leads us to do things that we’ve always dreamed of, but never had the courage to do. Take the time to talk with someone who inspires you. Tell them about your dreams and aspirations and exchange ideas on how you can turn those dreams into a reality. Sometimes, it helps to bounce ideas off of another person in order to really see where your vision can take you.

Get working

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” In order for your dreams to become a reality, you have to work at them. One way to do so is to write them down. This exercise moves your dream from your imagination and onto paper to validate and make your aspirations concrete. Once you’ve seen your dream in front of you, it’s time to plan and brainstorm the course of action you’ll take to make it a reality. Create projects, set deadlines and treat your dream chasing like a job!

Though these three tips can’t guarantee that your dreams will become a reality, they can help put you on the right path toward your goal.

If you’re ready to chase after your invention dream – you can submit your idea, today!

Copyright Davison, 2016

 

How to be a Smart Risk Taker

Innovation, Inventing Advice

 

Moving forward with your invention idea can be scary. Why? Because it’s a big risk and the future is uncertain.

Commonly, things that fall outside the bounds of our comfort zone scare us; they make us second guess ourselves or make us believe that our idea will never work.

Today, we’re going to offer you some tools to combat that sort of thinking and realize as the popular saying goes, “Life begins outside of your comfort zone.”

Is it worth it?

When deciding on whether or not to take a risk, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself some questions and really delve into the roots of the idea. Here are some questions to ask:

  • Is this risk worth fighting for?
  • Does your idea stir emotion?
  • Could it help others? Inspire action?

If you can answer “Yes” to these questions without hesitating, then it’s at this point that you really ask yourself, “Am I ready to take this risk?”

Be smart about it

Risks come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s taking a risk at lunch and opting for the taco bar instead of your go-to turkey club or deciding on whether or not to go skydiving, risks can be big or small and that’s why it’s always important to weigh the pros and cons. So, if you’ve wanted to move forward with something, but you think it’s too big of a risk, take time to write down the pros and cons of the idea. By doing so, you’ll be able to look at the list of positives and negatives to see the big picture of your idea.

Think quick

Sometimes when it comes to risk taking, you only have a split second to make a decision. It’s in these times that you’ll have to both act fast and learn fast. In quick-decision situations, it’s best to have your wits about you, be in tune with your gut feeling, and process the details at hand, so that you can figure out where to start. Every day is a new opportunity to learn. When taking risks, be logical and realize that failure is a part of life. However, how you deal with failure is a choice. You can either let it define you or let it help mold you. As Thomas Edison once said, “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

You’ll never know if you don’t try

Risks are just that – they’re risky. There are no guarantees that when you take a risk, the outcome will be in your favor. Though you can’t go into a risk knowing that you’ll be rewarded, in the end, you can approach a risk with the mindset that you’re going to learn something new either way. On the contrary, there are risks that can be taken where the outcome is fairly obvious and might not be in your favor. It’s up to you to trust your gut and, like we mentioned in the last tip, weigh your pros and cons and be smart about your risk taking. So, the next time you’re faced with a risk – consider these tips and make your decision!

If you’re ready to take the plunge – you can submit your invention idea, today!

Copyright Davison, 2016

 

3 Excuses to Avoid This Year

Innovation, Inventing Advice

 

3 Excuses to Avoid

New Year’s resolutions are in full swing and as we work hard to keep chasing after our personal goals, it’s only natural that as human beings we have the tendency to make excuses when the going gets tough.  As a result, we’ll convince ourselves that the journey will be too long and too difficult and we give up before we even start.

Rather than focusing on the negative this year, let’s continue to focus on the positive.

Today, we want to share with you three common excuses, so that you can recognize them and work around them to continue following your idea!

“I don’t know where to begin.”

You have an idea, but at this point in time that’s all you have. You don’t know where to go next or how to move forward with your invention. You know that you’ll likely need a prototype if you ever want your idea to get off the ground. This is where the Davison Inventing Method could potentially help. We work to help idea people just like you with your invention.  You can begin the process by safely submitting your invention idea, here!

“I lack experience.”

Everyone has to start somewhere. Thomas Edison wouldn’t have said, “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work” had he known exactly what to do and how to do it the first time.

Knowledge comes from experience. The more you try, the more you learn; and, the more you learn, the more you can do to make your dreams come true.

At Davison, we can’t guarantee that an invention will be licensed by a corporation, but we do believe that if you’re going to pursue a new product idea, you should do it with experience behind you. We’re here to help.

“My time is limited.”

Pursuing your idea is a big commitment. It takes a lot of time to see your idea through from ideation to completion.  However, don’t let the big picture scare you. Invention ideas and concepts may change over time in order to evolve, improve, and provide solutions to problems. In any situation, change may delay the process, but remember that not all change is bad. It’s often worth the time and effort to get your idea just right. At Davison, we’re here to help you through the process in seeing your idea through.

These are just three common excuses that idea people from far and wide are faced with each day. Now that you recognize them, make 2016 the year that you move past those excuses and continue down the path toward turning your inventing dream into a reality!

Copyright Davison, 2016

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How to Tune Out Skeptics

Inventing Advice

How to Be Positive

When it comes to following your invention dreams, negativity and skepticism may be prevalent and these emotions could potentially cast a shadow on your goals and blur your dreams.

Though negativity exists, today we want to offer you a few tips on how to maintain a positive outlook to deal with critics and skeptics you may encounter on your invention journey:

  1. Know your limits – When following your dreams, it’s important to realize and understand what you can control and stop worrying about what you cannot control. It’s important that you not become too entangled with circumstances that are beyond your control, because that can hinder your progress. Though it’s difficult, try your best to only be concerned with what you can control and focus on creating a positive outcome.
  2. Have a support system – When working to overcome the negativity of skeptics, it’s a good idea to have the right team in place that can offer you the support you need to keep climbing the ladder of success. By putting in place a group of positive people who will motivate you, offer you sound advice and exchange ideas with you, you’ll be setting yourself on the right path to reaching your goals.
  3. Weather the storm – Change is a constant in life and how we deal with change can either be a positive or negative experience. To this point, while on your inventing journey, not everything will fall perfectly into place. Though you may expect  your dreams to come to fruition seamlessly, the reality of it is that there will be changes that come along the way that could possibly throw a curveball at your idea. It’s how you deal with these changes that will likely determine the outcome. A positive attitude is the best captain when working to right your invention ship.

Negative people and situations are a common occurrence in in everyday life and they can be particularly prevalent when a person is following an invention dream. How we handle these instances determines what path we choose to take: the positive or negative path.

The power of positivity can help thwart negativity and these three tips can help you lead a life with a positive outlook.

Copyright Davison, 2015

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5 Qualities of a Successful Person

Innovation, Inventing Advice

Inventionland Tweet

On Monday, November 16, we were inspired by a quote that our friends over at Inventionland tweeted that served as our daily bout of motivation.

It’s a common occurrence for idea people and creative minds to let their doubts and insecurities rise to the forefront and put their dreams and aspirations on the backburner.

So often, people are afraid of the risk to move their idea forward while some don’t have enough confidence in themselves or their idea to pursue it.

The quote, “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do” is so straightforward and simple, yet it’s our own human tendency to let our fears and uncertainties take the driver’s seat.

Today, we are going to share with you five qualities that successful and confident people exude:

Creativity – Successful people don’t experience success because they followed the pack. Successful people are successful because they thought-outside-of-the box. Follow your dreams and use your imagination, your creativity is the brush and your idea is the canvas. Paint a beautiful picture!

Persistency – It’s no secret that along your journey you’re going to encounter some hurdles. It’s how you handle these hurdles that will determine your success. Successful people use hurdles as learning lessons and become stronger and more resilient because of them.

Thoughtfulness – Put on your thinking cap. Being successful requires a person to not only be thoughtful when it comes to their idea, but empathetic as well. Inventions are made out of necessity. Sometimes, invention ideas can help those in need, so ask yourself, “How can my invention change someone’s life?”

Realism – Being realistic is an important piece to the success puzzle. When working on your idea, know that you may never be successful and, if you are, it won’t happen overnight. Success takes resilience and time. Setting unattainable goals will only set you up for failure. Start small and keep building on your successes.

Confidence – The popular adage, “No one will believe in you unless you do” is very fitting when it comes to being successful. You have to believe in yourself, your abilities, your aptitude and so much more to be successful. Confidence is a learned skill and through consistency and practice you will exude an air of confidence.

So, take note of these five tips and always believe in yourself.  In times of doubt, remember to “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”

Copyright Davison, 2015

 

Inventions: Real Solutions to Real Problems

Inventing Advice

Problem Solving - Inventions

More often than not, invention ideas evolve and take a different shape, resulting in a solution that may be completely different than the inventor initially pictured in their mind.

Change is a constant, especially in the invention world.

Inventions are meant to solve a problem and sometimes those problems are ones we didn’t even realize we had.

The fact of the matter is that these new solutions have the potential to make an impact on people. Whether they make our lives easier by providing a Better Way to do something or simply give us an option we didn’t know existed – successful inventions and innovations provide a solution to a problem.

That’s why at Davison we like to say, “There’s always a Better Way!”

As we mentioned before, invention ideas can change. At Davison, we see this happen all of the time and, sometimes, the results are wonderful.

We often think back to our client, Melanie, inventor of the Half N Half Cupcake Pan.

While Melanie courageously battled cancer, she also took on smaller challenges in the kitchen as a novice baker, who realized there had to be a simple way to quickly cut an entire pan of brownies to the same size with ease.

Mrs. Field Half N Half Cupcake Pan

Melanie pursued her idea on her own.  After spending a lot of time and money on a patent for her idea that seemed to be going nowhere, Melanie contacted Davison to help get her idea cooking, only to find that buyers were not so interested in brownies. Cupcakes, however, were a different story.  And, so evolved the innovative Half N Half Cupcake Pan.

Melanie Dared to Invent. Like every one of our clients, she took the risk and, even though her product idea changed, it became one that provided a real solution.

So whether an invention provides a Better Way to make cupcakes that are half chocolate and half vanilla or initiates extreme advances in medicine or technology – solutions to problems are out there and sometimes, it takes great people in this world to create a Better Way to make the world a wonderfully-inventive place.

Do you Dare to Invent?

If you are ready to potentially problem-solve, submit your invention idea today!

Copyright Davison, 2015

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http://www.intellectualventures.com/insights/archives/news-you-can-use-building-useful-usable-inventions

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A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

 

Suffolk University Now Offers Mr. Davison’s Inventing Curriculum

George Davison, Inventing Advice
suffolk universityIf you ask future Suffolk University students what classes they are taking, don’t be surprised when you hear “Inventing 101.”  While there are no specific inventing courses offered yet at the Boston university, we are excited to share that Mr. Davison’s “Idea Teacher” curriculum is included in three different courses this semester! Dr. Sushil Bhatia, Professor and Executive in Residence within the university’s Sawyer Business School, has elected to include the Idea Teacher content in his Chemistry New Product Development, Writing Business Plans and Global Innovation and Virtual Teams classes for the Spring 2013 semester. 

As part of each course, the Idea Teacher curriculum will take students through Mr. Davison’s 9-step inventing method, essentially showing them how to go from idea to execution (I2E).  We’ve included a snippet of a syllabus, so you can see the curriculum outline.


Mr. Davison’s affiliation with Bhatia and the university has grown over the past few years, as Mr. Davison has helped judge the business school’s annual Product Innovation Competition and has joined Sawyer’s I2E board.

From an email that Bhatia sent to Mr. Davison, if the initial inclusion of the curriculum goes well, Suffolk students may see a lot more of it.

“This will give us a chance to check out the response at three levels.  Will keep you posted on the feedback.  I will be in touch with you as the new semester begins (Jan. 15th for my classes) to discuss feedback and to get more information from your end as needed.  Thanks to you and Nathan and his team for this material,” said Bhatia.

We’ll keep you posted of any additional feedback or possible inventing classes that we may hear of.

Congratulations to Mr. Davison and the entire team that made this awesome scholarly achievement possible!

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