What I learned from the Inventors at the Minnesota Inventors Congress

I just came back from speaking at the Minnesota's Inventor's Congress (MIC). For those of you who don't know, the Minnesota Inventors Congress is one of the oldest and most established inventor trade shows in the country. And I have to say, I learned more from the inventors who attended MIC then I ever thought possible. It was so inspiring that I felt compelled to write this article and share.

If you've ever been to MIC, you will know that this show has been around for more than 50 years and that it's held in a small town called Redwood Falls. This was my first event there, so I had no idea what to expect. But I was completely inspired by how many people travelled from all over the country for this event and how many amazing inventions were being showcased.

But here's what impressed me the most about the inventors at MIC and why I felt compelled to write. They were all committed to helping one another succeed and the sense of community overwhelmed me.  I’m not sure if it’s because MIC was held in a small town or what, but it made me think about how important it is for inventors to find their own inventor community.

The truth is that being an inventor can be a lonely and overwhelming experience. Inventors are typically the creative types, the innovators, the out-of-the-box thinkers, etc. And unfortunately, being creative, unique or different can actually be downright exhausting. Why?  Because nobody ever understands why you do what you do! 

And that is what impressed me most about MIC.  Being an inventor was actually the norm for this little town.  People were consistently sharing stories of how their children and their grandchildren were inventing products. In other words, it was actually cool to be an inventor in Redwood Falls…you gotta love it!

So what’s my point? I absolutely think it is essential to your success that you find other like-minded individuals to help you grow.  It’s the best way I know to help you win as an inventor. Find a local inventors group in your area, become a member of a trade association related to your product, join a group of inventors online…just do something! 

This has helped me tremendously in my own life. I will never forget the first time I went to the local inventors group in my area. I was blown away because for the first time I felt like I met people who were just like me.  Kindred spirits! It was so wonderful and truly helped me grow in my own business because people actually understood what I was talking about!

So the bottom line is this- the inventors at the Minnesota Inventors Congress taught me that getting support and surrounding yourself with a community of like-minded individuals is the best way to win. And who knows…maybe you can help develop your inventors group to the point that being an inventor is actually a norm in your town…woohoo! Smile

To your success,

Karen Waksman
Guest Blogger

Karen Waksman (Product for Profit,) is a Manufacturer’s Rep turned Author, Speaker and Consultant. She has written a step-by-step guide called ‘How To Sell Your Product, Invention or Craft to Major Retailers…No Sales Experience or Existing Buyer Relationships Required!’