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Invent, Innovate, and Prosper

A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Inventing
Narrated by: Joseph Scalora
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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You don't need to be lucky, or a genius, to create a successful invention. You just need a clear process to spark ideas and bring them to market.

Michael Colburn is an inventor. He wasn't always, but he made himself into one and realized a powerful truth: Inventing is a skill anyone can master. Over the last four decades, he has created inventions and built businesses and partnerships worth millions of dollars based on his inventions.

Michael's success was not an accident. With every invention, he followed a clear process for finding an idea, researching, testing, and bringing it to market. Along the way, Michael studied history's great creators and realized their processes were not very different from his. Artists, writers, inventors, entrepreneurs - they all follow a similar method for bringing ideas to life. We just so rarely get to see it.

Invent, Innovate, and Prosper is a practical handbook for inventing based on Michael's decades of work as a successful inventor. He shares his step-by-step system for launching profitable inventions, along with the surprising real-life lessons that helped him thrive. You'll learn how to:

  • Adopt a detective's mindset to find invention ideas in everyday life
  • Research your idea's viability and troubleshoot glitches
  • Design, engineer, and build prototypes with minimal financial investment
  • Prepare and test your products for the market

Michael also profiles some of the world's most prolific inventors, from Alexander Graham Bell to Lori Greiner, and offers legal templates to help you navigate red tape. Whether you're already a maker or are just starting to brainstorm new products, you'll discover how to turn the kernel of an idea into a lucrative invention.

©2019 Inventing Pathways Publishing LLC (P)2019 Inventing Pathways Publishing LLC

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  • Katherine
  • 11-25-19

A Useful Guide

Invent, Innovate, and Prosper is a really useful and inspiring guide to inventing. The title is a little misleading, in that the book does not merely relate to invention in the traditional sense but also to creation more widely. Although Colburn's own experiences lie with invention, his advice is really relevant to a lot of associated types of creation and innovation, such as writing or entrepreneurship.

The structure of the book is nothing if not comprehensive. The book follows a logical, step-by-step progression which is particularly useful when it comes to practical applications, as it's never too overwhelming, with each chapter instead building comfortably on the chapter before. It can occasionally feel a little on the long side, but I found there were some absolute gems in every chapter - it's worth reading (or listening) the whole way through. Every topic is broadly and easily applicable to everyday settings, and the inspirational motifs that run throughout the book are practical and encouraging without being too cliche.

The narrator's voice also makes for really easy listening - consistent and calm, but dynamic enough to retain my attention throughout.

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  • Rebecca
  • 11-04-19

A very helpful and practical guide

Michael Colburn certainly is an expert in the subject of invention, using his own personal experiences to illustrate many of his points. This makes it a very user friendly and accessible step-by-step guide. By unpicking it and taking us through the invention process I was given a real sense of confidence that I could indeed apply this process to my goals using my own gifts and talents. Every aspect of invention is covered in this guided which does make it quite lengthy but worthwhile.

It was interesting to understand these inventing processes in helping me define my own goals and considering how problems that I will encounter can be solved. The practical exercises are so much more helpful than a work on the mere theory of invention. This really is a very practical guide. I think that my only disappointment with the audio book was having to take so many notes as I was going through. I think the paper copy may be a very useful addition to refer to and to scribble notes all over.

The hope of every inventor is that they will prosper and profit financially from their invention and Colburn does make this seem possible. I also loved the many inspirational quotes that he includes from those who have walked the path of invention before us.