You have to really know yourself to be an inventor. This means knowing the stuff you don’t want to know. As a former licensed and certified public school teacher from Las Vegas Nevada, I know how to get students to do things they think are impossible. One of the tricks to do that is to determine your pros and cons. If you can’t make it look good to yourself in a list, you can’t do the product. Period. It's not worth it and a waste of your time.
If you have a highschool student, ask them to show you a KWL chart. Kids love it when they get a chance to teach their parents. J My apologies <teacher mode /off>.
KWL stands for K = Know.. what do I know about this topic. W = What do I need to know about this topic. L = What have I learned about this topic. Set a timetable to finish this chart. The bottom is the SumS =Still need to Supply. This is what you still need to have to make everything work.
What you are doing is conducting research about yourself, your skills and your knowledge. Write everything you know about your product in the first column. This includes all knowledge, even down to the bottle or packing the item will ship in. This is the who, what, where and why that you know about your item.
In the second column, make a list of the information you don’t know, but must know to bring a product to market. For instance, if you don’t know how to put up a website, that would go in this column. If you don’t know anything about packaging or marketing... same thing.
This column. The third column is the information you have gotten to answer the things in column two that you didn’t know. As information comes in, you can populate the questions with answers from sources so that when you are ready to start, this basic information is gathered. You are setting the groundwork to start beginning a company.
The last column is the S… what you still need to know. Give yourself at least 3 months to fill out your KWL chart. After the three months, then do your “S” column. It's this last bit of information that will help you decide which way the balance stands.
Will it lean more towards “Get more info” or will it lean to “Oh My God.. this is Insane, Stop it”?
By writing this kind of chart for yourself, it allows you to focus on what you need to know. It gives you the visual assurance, or warning that the product/invention will work, or not. This encourages personal brainstorming to get the big picture of what you are about to do, without spending a penny.
I'm Parker MacRae and I am a cannabis product inventor and have been growing cannabis since I was 17. I’d love to hear thoughts from other inventors. What do you think? Did you try this method? After hearing about it, would you try it for your next invention?