It wasn’t that long ago, when we as inventors actually started to think of what we do as a real job. When we did, we also started to think of ourselves collectively as a real industry.
As with any industry, we started to take on a form, a shape of sorts, and before you knew it we were a pyramid. That tall, majestic shape of the ages with a broad base elevating a much smaller top by way of a huge middle.
When you enter the inventing industry you enter the broad base of our pyramid. You can stay there if you like and spend your time on one of the growing number of predatory inventor sites who cater to the idea people in all of us.
Or, you can work your way up by educating yourself on the inventing and commercialization process until experience and dedication push you from the bottom, through the middle, to the small, exclusive group at the top.
It’s entirely up to you – unlike a lawyer who must go to law school, or a doctor who attends medical school, to become an inventor all you have to do is simply walk out of the shower one morning and say “Honey…I’m an inventor”
While some industries have low barriers to entry, we’re one of the few that has NO barrier to entry. That doesn’t mean you get to succeed without hard work and self education – It simply means that anyone can try. The result is a wide base of people who one day decide they are inventors.
Like a set of natural filters, our pyramid appears to fall naturally into strata of motivation. While there are „inventors” at every level, most inventors will work their way up to the “center band” of these strata and stay there for a very long time.
This doesn’t mean you aren’t a successful inventor, it simply means you are motivated, want to learn, you enjoy the process, but you don’t want to make inventing your full time career.