Well, I must say I did forget this one fact about inventions, the thing about inventing is that it takes all of your energies to make the process happen, from the idea, to the paperwork, the drawings, the financial burden to file a patent, the convincing of others on how great the product will become, the anticipation, and then the reality.
An inventor is an individual that when focused on producing an invention usually ties up one entire year of life, the inventor sleeps the invention, eats the invention, and talks about the invention daily for an entire year at least. What happens is that all your time is focused on your invention and others need to schedule in some time if they want yours.
Normalization at this point is critical for success in your product. It seems important to me as an inventor to normalize myself at times, and how I do it is to have some fun and or do something brainless, like no stress, tractor work, picking up rocks, mowing the lawn, and so on. The important issue is to get your mind free of concentrating on your invention and project. The project is simply a step by step formula and series of trial and error tasks to complete in order to bring your invention from the concept to the tangible results from selling millions of dollars worth of them.
Make your invention a business opportunity and take the personal issues out of the formula, and I really wish I could do that as easily as it may seem. I have been on the Manmotor project for approximately eight months and will example this scenario in real time to better understand this normalization process.
It is obvious that in this time period that an independent inventor uses to normalize, a company engineer who is paid to design a product or invent can continue on with a team and actually experiment with building models of the invention. So if you don't have a team put together and a plan to build the invention at this point in time when you need to break away from the technicalities of your invention you may lose the time so to speak by stopping the real work involved in completing the project. Even though this is a tough time for the independant inventor it is a fact of happening, and if you have not formed a team of people on your behalf that will assist in the carrying out of tasks in the project you will lose this advantage over others following you in the art.
What needs to be crystal clear to the inventor is that you can get a patent on anything you invent, and that a patent when issued gives you some rights that can really enhance your life monitarily and allow you to go on inventing as a profession. The catch 22 is that the idea can take many forms in the art and the inventor that comes up with the least expensive way to manufacture the invention is the one that will become enritched by the patent and not necessarily the inventor that came up with the concept and first prototype. Your invention must be reduced to practice before you file for the patent itself, so make sure your team is together before you take the noramalization break.
To identify when this normalization break needs to take place several situations will allow you as an independent inventor to become aware that most of your creative time has vanished, frustration appears and is felt when it is apparent that every day life is so time consuming to get through by needing to pay for rent or mortgages, food, utilities, insurance etc. that progress is almost haulted as you are trying to complete your project invention. This is really one of the most profound realizations in the process of inventing. Excellent inventions that could help many people or animals, help the earth situation regarding the greenhouse effect, go by the wayside at this point if you do not have a plan to stay on track with your project. It is critical to have your support team and a good friend to assist you in completing the project invention.
I am going through this normalization phase right now with the MANMOTOR PROJECT, throughout the past thirty years of inventing professionally for different companies and myself, I find this phase the hardest time to pull through. These facts regarding inventing always repeatedly make me stop and think.
Fact One = People who invent and are successfull have almost limitless energy for the project.
Fact Two = A good product comes from a good invention that was needed by someone trying to complete a task.
Fact Three = A good inventor is someone who picks through every variable he or she can think of in any given situation where thought is involved and evaluates them by comparison for the most logical efficient result.
Fact Four = A limitation is a restriction to creativity.
Fact Five = An inventor who has the ability to understand and practice inventing as a job or profession, usually does not have an easy time inventing when there are facts and characteristics of people bombarding the project in whole.
"It is lifes potential that creates our energy and not the result of it"
It seems at this point the invention process is a ladder pointed straight up and as you are climbing each step of the ladder upward there is someone else on the top step dumping a bucket of obstacles on your shoulders as you are attempting to complete the climb to the top or in reality reach your goal in the completion of the project.
"Obstacles are what you see when your eyes are taken off your goal"
In the normalization phase for the inventor it is again time to really understand your goal and as soon as you remember why you started the project and are re aligned to the original goal you started out to achieve then the vacation is over and again you can focus and keep progressing toward the final goal for the project.