Thomas Edison said that genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. Anyone who’s tried to transform an idea into a product knows that ratio holds true for invention. While innovation may begin as a flash of genius, it takes hard work to move from idea to proof of concept to working product, and there are moments of both failing and rejoicing along the way.

Who Inspires You to Innovate?
At work in the Intellectual Ventures electronics lab.

Whether you’re a lone inventor or working at an innovative company, you can find encouragement and support in the inventor community and those who’ve survived the journey from Eureka! moment to finished product.

To fuel your innovation inspiration, heed a few words of wisdom from inventors past and present.


For more inspiring insights from the inventor community, visit Project Eureka!

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