The Confessions of a Serial Inventor

The definition of a serial inventor is not only someone who has ideas..plural..but someone who then goes about making these ideas into reality…all of them.

This is no easy task. It involves determination, patience, optimism, motivation, and encouragement. Not all of these resources are always present, but they are never the less vital to the process.

Every serial inventor must start somewhere. This will be the hardest time for them, because usually in the beginning, resources are low, workload is high, and there is still the major “unknown to the world” hill to climb. As if all of this on their back wasn’t enough, they are usually still coming up with new ideas all the time, which will require more time, more money, and usually more people, in order to come to fruition, all which makes the first invention’s success even more crucial, but exciting.

As for me, I’m about at this point. I keep a log almost daily of new ideas, new updates to old ideas, and cool things I find that give me inspiration. I can’t wait til the day comes where I can go back through this archive and read all of this crazy stuff, and then go and invest the resources into making them all become a reality.

For me, this feeling will make everything that came before more worthwhile than I can probably now imagine. All I know is that I will get there, and this keeps me going. For now, I just stay focused on my first brain child, Beat-Play.

My job is all about problem solving. My job is a designer, an engineer, and an architect. I am only as valuable as the solutions I offer. And it’s all about helping people along the way. It’s something that has now become a part of me.

It’s not easy for me to stop trying to solve problems, even if the problems are seemingly small, and have to do with something as mundane as a washing machine. Every time I run into a problem in daily life, or someone else is talking about one, I am instantly looking for a solution…and usually I find one.

Problem solving is all about thinking in the right ways, and it’s not as difficult as it’s made out to be. There is almost a pattern..an algorithm that you must adhere to if you want to find the best, and most all-encompassing solution. The best solutions solve more than one problem. If you want to read more about this process, check out one of my other posts, The Process of Innovation – Think Social!

The most important thing I’ve learned on this journey is that a solution to any problem can be found. Usually when there is a problem, there is actually more than one cause of the problem. So a “solution” may actually involve several solutions. If people more understood the causes of problems, they would better understand how to go about solving them.

Problems are made by people, and they can be solved by people. There are not very many naturally occurring problems found in the world. For the good majority, everything in nature seems to fit and work together beautifully to actually create positive effects, like life, water cycles, reproduction, and evolution. Any problems that are present in nature are usually canceled out by a greater amount of positive results, or the problems would exist until there is nothing left to be a problem for, at which point they would not longer be a problem. It would seem that mother nature is a master of ultimate solutions to seemingly impossible problems.

I would say in 99% of cases, an ultimate solution can be reached, if the right steps are taken, at the right times, and the right people cooperate. I find that the one crucial binding agent to finding a solution is for a person, or all people involved, to believe in the possibility of reaching the intended outcome. If you don’t believe, you cannot and will not, act accordingly to achieve a desired result.

Problem solving, or design thinking, as it’s been popularly referred to as, is something I believe everyone must, and eventually will learn and master. As technology and society advances, the problems we are faced with will be of greater significance, and much harder. It won’t be long until the majority of jobs have shifted away from things like manual labor, and move more towards the realm of problem solving.

The solution to hard problems is a well thought out design. Maybe it’s time people start thinking more like serial inventors now, take a leap into exploration, and along the way, find some of the answers they’ve been searching for all along. The world will end up a much better place because of it.

Leaps should not be for hurdles, they should be, for humanity.

Written by: Dante Carmelo Cullari Founder & President Beat-Play, LLC

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