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New Year's Resolutions for Inventors

Be a faster, smarter, and richer inventor starting this year.

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This might be a rather odd list of New Year's resolutions for non-inventors to understand, since inventing is a rather eclectic field that covers so many different areas of science and business. However, I have thought long and hard on this topic and I now present to you this list of New Year's resolutions that I believe will help inventors invent with a renewed vigor for years to come.

1. New Year's Resolution - Increase Your Creativity

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There is no denying that inventors are creative people, and there is no better way to improve your inventing skills than to improve your creativity. After all the very definition of an invention, includes the fact that it must contain novelty, and being novel means being creative, since you must create something that in some way has never been created before.

2. New Year's Resolution - Increase Your Motivation

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One thing about creative types like inventors is that we do have the potential to get bored and discouraged. Inventing is hard work especially if you haven't yet reaped any financial rewards for your labors. Staying motivated is very important and there are many ways you can trick yourself into doing so.

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek."

“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don't just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won't happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you'll love it up here.”

3. New Year's Resolution - Keep An Inspiring and Comfortable Workspace

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Every job needs the right tools to get the job done. There is the classic image of the "mad inventor" working away in his/her basement or garage. However, no matter how big or small having a place to your inventing in can inspire you. And the best work-spaces have two things in common, correct ergonomics and good Feng Shui. In other words you want a space that is both safe and inspiring to be in.

4. New Year's Resolution - Learn The Basics

This is a great year to learn how to not flounder helplessly not knowing what steps to take next. Learn the basics and I repeat learn the basics about inventing. Get educated in how the whole process works and learn how to potentially turn an idea into a money making invention. You don't need to know everything yourself but you need to enough about the process to communicate intelligently with those that can help you, and to know what's involved.

5. New Year's Resolution - Keep an Inventors Log Book

Even though the United States and most countries around the world now have the "first to patent" rule about invention ownership, keeping accurate and complete journals about your invention process for each invention you work on is still invaluable.

6. New Year's Resolution - Be Better At Business

While actually working on your invention is probably what every inventor likes to do best. What about the business side of things? Often the small independent inventor has to run a small business in connection with his or her invention. Because often nobody is going to do it all for you. Here are a few tips on how to improve your small business skills.
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