Stop Whining and Start Winning!
“I do not fear failure. I only fear the “slowing up” of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, “Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?”” – George Patton
It is not until a man gives up that he is a failure. Failure is simply an event. Failure can serve us greatly if we utilize its lessons and continue moving forward. For those of you that have allowed the past 11 months since the New Year beat you down and withdraw your enthusiasm for your goals, pay attention.
No one is born a great inventor. Great inventors become so through years of hard work, dedication, and sharpening of their saw.
Successful inventors study the markets they invent for, build contacts, and partner with individuals who can help them take their product to the next step. They utilize their capital wisely, investing in materials and services that are value based and help them build their networks.
One thing they do not do is give up. This isn’t to say you should never let a product go. What it means is that you should never stop inventing, educating, and taking massive action.
This past week I had the opportunity to speak to a very intelligent and motivated inventor named Lisa. Her last invention flopped after she spent a large chunk of her money on patent services before she had a chance to really get started.
While most people, rejected, would feel defeated and give up. Many would think, “maybe this just isn’t for me. Maybe I am not cut out for this”.
Not Lisa. Lisa learned from her mistakes, built up her coffers, kept her journal, educated herself further, and is currently in talks to license her patent pending product. We also had the opportunity last week to get two new products into retail locations where they will begin selling. Collectively, the inventors have been working on their inventions for over 5 years and their persistence is paying off.
The will of the human mind is the greatest gift a person is given.
The human mind is what can help people get through atrocious events like the Holocaust.
Your mind, like a tree, can only grow stronger when it is challenged by the weather of life.
If a tree is insulated against nature, its trunk stays week. It does not grow stronger. Eventually, if it is planted alone, it often snaps during turbulent times and dies.
Let the storms and weather you face serve you in your inventing career.
Think about how you can take control back and fire up that engine inside of you. That engine that says;
“I do not fear failure. I only fear the “slowing up” of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, “Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?””
– George Patton
Eric Corl is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Idea Buyer LLC, a new product development company which operates IdeaBuyer.com. You can email him at EricCorl@IdeaBuyer.com.