How Solitude Compels Us to Act upon Our Ideas
Unleash Your Creativity While Working From Home
For the past week, companies, both big and small, have been looking for ways to keep their businesses afloat, while keeping their employees and communities safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Many business leaders like Apple, Google, and Microsoft have allowed their employees to work from home in hopes of slowing down the virus.
Transitioning from the hamster wheel of a 9 to 5 (in an office environment) to working in a home environment can seem like a time to take it easy or relax. But you may discover all the ideas you have buried, now resurfacing and gnawing at your mind.
Locked away inside most of us, are ideas that once burned passionately in our hearts. However, the daily grind of work, demanding bosses, tight deadlines, and everyday stress can extinguish our dreams. I see this all the time as a patent attorney.
But with this new change of routine and being stuck in solitude, many will be forced to face their most inner thoughts and act on them.
And by being in a different environment, even one as familiar as home, the mind will produce different ideas.
I hope you see the good news here.
Yes. You're quarantined in your home, but your mind is now its freest!
And, you can leverage this period of quarantine and isolation to move further with patenting your idea.
Nikola Tesla, inventor and electrical engineer said, "the mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude."
Throughout history, there's proof that being in solitude can birth creativity unmatched to working collaboratively in groups because you have fewer distractions and have to deal with your thoughts.
An article written for Harvard Business Review expressed, our brains work well individually but can break down in groups.
In fact, three of the world's greatest inventors, Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, and James Clerk Maxwell, are notorious for working in solitude.
Furthermore, research has also supported that when placed in an introverted disposition, there is a positive link to creativity.
And finally, author Susan Cain detailed in her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, how being alone with your thoughts often produce real breakthroughs!
So, what does this mean for you as an inventor?
For the first time in the history of the world, you have more people working at home than working in an office environment. Now is the time to bunker down and allow your creative juices to overflow while sitting in the comforts of your own home.
As your trusted patent attorney, I want to remind you that your idea will not go away; it will simply present itself at the right time. This is the right time to leverage quarantine and isolation to help patent your idea. I often say inventors don't choose ideas; ideas choose inventors.
We both know you never truly gave up on your idea, and even though you’ve buried it in your mind, it never died. This is an opportunity for you to resuscitate your idea and allow it to grow.
Get rid of the thought that nobody would benefit from your invention or that you aren't qualified to create it.
Your idea chose you to bring it to life! What are you waiting for?
This moment that we’re in, although challenging and tough, it’s not unfamiliar. There are over 400 years of history that show people in all industries being their most creative during tough times over and over again!
Apple created the iPod less than two months after the September 11th attacks. Dr. James Naismith enlisted the help of A.G Spalding during the 1894 recession to make a specific ball to play basketball.
Even Shakespeare created one of his most exquisite pieces of literature, King Lear, while the theaters were reportedly shut down in London due to the plague!
How I see it, a terrible illness that has kept so many people at home, from a creativity standpoint, may end up being the single biggest boom to innovation in this century.
Take comfort; you’re in good company. Even though Coronavirus has kept you isolated, use your time spent in quarantine and isolation to help you get closer to patenting your idea.
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