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Invent, Innovate, and Prosper: A Step-By-Step Guide to Successful Inventing

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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 p
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Published April 1st 2019 by Inventing Pathways Publishing LLC
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William Kuhn
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't have a natural head for business and would probably have sunk if you'd thrown me into that pool. This book can put anyone, even someone as clueless as me, on the path to patents and money-making inventions. Michael Colburn rests this book on a long career of making profitable inventions, in the food-service industry and beyond. He's had a career of enviable commercial success. Here he shares his firsthand experience. He also looks at the habits of many other inventors like George Westing ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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-b
Marco Sobreira
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever watched Beakman’s World, or seen great inventors like Einstein, da Vinci, Edison, Ford, and said to yourself: How can they create things like that? How can I ever be able to do something like that, too complicated, too complex. Now is your chance to change your life and start the process to bring the genius in you out and place the world in awe with your story! Invent, Innovate & Prosper: A Step-By-Step Guide to Successful Inventing by Michael G. Colburn came to deliver.

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I was fortunate to have the opportunity to both read the book and listen to the audio book verson of it. Each has its advantages and better options. While having the information available to me as I performed other tasks, such as driving or gardening, cooking, etc. allowed my subconscious mind to work on the content as well as my creative ideas. Being able to consume the book content and information via reading it gave me more time for it to be absorbed and understood in different parts of my br ...more
Crystal Reed
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you're actually interested in inventing something, for a sense of accomplishment and/or to make money, this would be a great book to read.

Colburn is extremely thorough in covering the steps necessary to be a successful inventor including, but not limited to: identifying a problem that you want to solve, phrasing that problem in the right way, tapping into your creativity, building a prototype, building a business to sell your invention, etc. All of the information is presented in an easily d
Ariel G
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
INVENT, INNOVATE & PROSPER is a guide book for a calling that you might expect can't be taught: invention. Aimed at creating an inventor out of someone who has never invented anything before - starting entirely from scratch - this book breaks down the process of invention into a step-by-step operation, quickly learned and easy to follow.

In addition to the basics of invention, which begins with the identification of a problem and proceeds to the steps of researching and solving that problem, INVE
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
With over 4 decades of first-hand experience and 25 successful inventions under his belt,
Colburn is well placed to define a process for success around innovation. This book sets out his step by step guide devised to help support independent inventors while also using case studies from some of history’s greatest inventions and contemporary success stories to illustrate key points.

Colburn takes us through his process that includes setting a purpose, defining the problem your invention is solving,
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Invent, Innovate & Prosper is a super easy-to-read handy guide to becoming an inventor in 2019! The author, Michael G. Colburn, who is also the founder of Ideas Well Done, has put together a nifty guide for anyone involved in any step of the inventing process. The background and history of inventions, as well as the intriguing excerpts, The Kernal of Inventions, apply to today's reader and is not just a recap for the sake of looking back. The action steps throughout the stages are highly practic ...more
Annie Flint Smith
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've always been quite intimidated by the idea of 'inventing' as someone who's never felt I have a natural knack for creativity or innovation. However, Michael Colburn lays out the steps to getting into the right mindset for this in a way that makes it seem a lot more doable than I've ever thought it might be. I particularly found myself reconsidering how I approach the concept of inventing - I hadn't really thought about how important it is to observe (rather than just see) your surroundings an ...more
Hannah Barry
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
What is so fantastic about this book is how simple and accessible it is. The author, Michael G. Colburn writes with such simple specificity that it becomes impossible not to grasp the concept he expounds upon. Everyday folks can pick up this book and take away a great deal of practical information.
Colburn breaks the book down into very direct sections, including well-described subsections within each culminating into a very thorough 18 step process. Additionally, Colburn gives the reader further
Carol Wallace
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On “Invent, Innovate and Prosper” by Michael G. Colburn:

If you have ever thought to yourself, “I could never invent anything!”, then read this book. Mike Colburn guides the reader through the innovation process step-by-step with readable, relatable language and a sprinkling of humor to keep his book enjoyable while being thoroughly educational.

After reading of Mike’s experiences and insights, the motivated reader will be able to develop an idea from a passing thought to a finished product ready
Ed Malaker
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Invent, Innovate, and Prosper is a fantastic book that will teach you everything you need to know to become an inventor, from where you get the initial idea, to how to market the finished product.

It is also an excellent book for non-inventors because much of the book is devoted to looking at the world around you in new ways while recognizing problems and devising ways to solve them. It's almost a self-help book geared towards strengthening your observational skills with the potential for a high
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book that broke down how to invent something and be successful. The reading was easy to follow, pacing was great, and the book was organized and broken down into sections that make sense. The author even ended with one of the most underrated issues no matter what you are looking to do...marketing. I think this section could have been a bit better but I am definitely glad he touched upon it. I loved that the book started with mental preparation and really got you into the mindset ...more
Fred Fanning
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book covers the ABCs of inventing. Along the way, the author explains how to be innovative and make money on your inventions. The author is well qualified to write this book. That gives him credibility. The book is well-written and goes deep into the main areas that help the inventor through the process to invent a product. This book should also serve as a resource for future investigating subjects at a later date. Lastly, the book is very well researched and provides sources for the reader ...more
Jose Ignacio
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book about inventing, the mindset for inventing, and practical information about how to get your invention to market (either by venturing or licensing). The book describes inventions and intellectual property protection (patents) history in a very well weaved story. To me the most interesting parts of the book are the ones where Mike Colburn's describes the circumstances that led to big idea inventions and the path in which his ideas became commercial products. It left me wanting to listen ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a great guide and resource to learning about all that different inventing factors that go into inventing. I found it to be an engrossing read as it take readers step by step on the various processes while using real world examples and sharing stories of notable inventors. The writing is solid and the technical terms are explained in a clear manner, which I appreciated.

While this book is heavily focuses on the art of inventing, I think it can also be used as a tool to help jumpstart
Ravin Maurice
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a long time fan of shows like Dragons Den and Shark Tank, I have always been fascinated by inventors and inventing. This book gave me a very concise look into what goes into inventing a product, from initial concept to production to the patent process. The author even provided form templates in the back which I think would be really helpful, especially the NDA. I would recommend this book for any rookie inventor trying to put their product out into the market. Anyone who is interested in inve ...more
Mark Smith
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Michael Colburn’s new self-help guide helps inventors pull those gruesome details out of the brain and puts readers on a journey to creating their inventions. His simple, yet professional tone encourages faith and makes technical phrasing and legal terms easy to understand. His book covers the basics from putting the ideas on paper, securing legal protections, and preparing for the next invention. Anyone who wants to put their new creation on the market or simply pull some ideas out of the cobwe ...more
Jon Esping
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having worked with Mike Colburn for many years, I always admired his entrepreneurial spirit and his creative ability with business challenges he was faced with and chose to undertake. What I did not fully understand during the time we worked together was the very systematic process that Mike used to accomplish what he accomplished, and his accomplishments have been substantial.

Now, after reading Mike’s book ‘Invent, Innovate & Prosper’, I can better understand the very structured and systematic
Chichi Obi
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Invent, Innovate and prosper is a book about inventions which defines an invention as being beyond creating a product but it could be dance, music or something else which is made. Colburn writes about how you can ensure that the invention you create is suitable for its purpose.
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Michael G. Colburn has spent more than 45 years founding and running businesses based on creativity and design. In 2005 He and his wife Mary Esther Treat launched Ideas Well Done, a firm that focuses exclusively on inventing new products and bringing them to the marketplace. Since then Mike has created over 25 inventions that have generated millions of dollars in revenue and has patents issued in ...more

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