The difference between the successful inventor and the person who just has a good idea is a persistent and resilient spirit. A resilient spirit may mean contacting ten people the first nine of which say no, but number ten says yes to a contract with the inventor or becomes a source of venture capital.
Inventors and business owners in general need to develop “thick skin” and be able to withstand rejection without taking it personally. It is difficult for most people to separate themselves from the product or service they are trying to sell especially one that’s cared about passionately. The approached contact may suffer from a lack of imagination, is oblivious to the inventions potential, or has other hidden issues better to remain hidden. It is important for the successful inventor to believe in herself and her invention never losing sight of her goal.
Jen and I remind ourselves of the need for perseverance every day. We are passionate about the network and community of women we are building and appreciative of the support of everyone around us.