TDD FYI: What Type Of Inventor Are You? - 07 / 14 / 15


Anyone can be an inventor. While many people will likely read that and think that only great minds like Albert Einstein or Thomas Edison have what it takes to come up with new ideas that the world will need, the truth is that anyone can come up with great ideas no matter who they are.

No matter what industry you are in, there are different people that come together to make up the entirety of the field. The same is to be said about inventors and entrepreneurs. There is no one-size-fits-all mold that makes the perfect inventor. Instead, knowing what type of inventor you are will help you make the most of your visionary goals.

In order to succeed, you must first look at yourself. Therefore, here are some common character types for determining what type of inventor you might be.

The Creator

Many inventors start as the creator type. They have a great idea and they want to do whatever it takes to make it come to fruition. These inventors are able to see a problem, find a solution, and then create a way for the masses to use it. Creators are often the mind behind the inventor process, but they may not be the only important figure.

The Financier

Some people don’t have creative ideas, but that doesn’t stop them from still becoming an inventor. These inventor-types often have financial means that allow them to hire other people to work on ideas for them. The goal here is to find the best ideas and then make the most from them. Even if the idea wasn’t solely theirs, the financier is still an inventor just like the creator.

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The Idea Machine

Having a good idea turn into something much larger than you ever could’ve imagined can be addicting. For some inventors, they simply can’t get enough of creating new things based off the ideas that they have. And once you’ve succeeded and have financial backing due to one venture, it becomes much easier to go forward with other ideas as well.

The important thing to note here is that inventors that come up with a lot of ideas should be careful to limit what they actually move forward with. For those inventors who are still looking for their big break, having too many ideas may limit your focus on one solid one. Or if you’ve been lucky enough to taste the success from one of your inventions, you’ll want to ensure that you don’t sink your riches into a new idea that won’t be as successful. Idea machine inventors are certainly out there, including plenty of successful ones who manage their thoughts well. However, understand the difference between an idea and a physical product, and do your best to focus your attention on the better ideas that you have.

The Could-Have-Been

What might be out there more than any other type of inventor is the could-have-been. These are the inventors who had a great idea or the finances to make it happen, but instead they sat around all day and never chased their dreams. The streets are littered with these inventor types, and you don’t want to be one of them. Therefore, take your idea and make the most of it now that you know what type of inventor you are.