Inventors begin with a vision, which takes the form of ideas supported by empirical data and experimentation, and eventually concretize in a solid, tangible form. And after the initial thrill of discovery and genius, inventors never stop creating. Take Thomas Edison. He he continuously invented new things even after making the first lightbulb work at the flick of a switch. The incandescent bulb was merely the spark that Edison needed to fuel his penchant for discovery and invention. This same attitude is probably found in all the other inventors that came out in the 20th Century.
But the question that nags everyone else is: What motives these individuals to invent? Some may say it’s fuelled by fame and fortune. Or a deep desire to see a product made from their own minds and hands. Most of the time, when inventors start with one little thing, they don’t realize the repercussions of their actions. For example, when Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard first set up shop at a dusty, one-car garage in Palo Alto, California in 1938 to found HP, they not only gave birth to the personal computer, they also set the foundation for what would become a billion dollar industry nestled in Silicon Valley.
An important element to becoming an inventor is courage. And also persistence. All one needs is to succeed once, despite failing many times. These individuals know that it won’t be easy going from the start. Nevertheless, they have the gumption to follow their heart and intuition. Henry Ford did it when he thought of the assembly line to produce as many Ford Model T’s as possible. Ted Turner had balls of steel when he started a TV network that showed news and public affairs all day long.