Innovation and Invention are the lifeblood of advancement and have been throughout history. In my recently released book Invent, Innovate and Prosper – A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Inventing I detail the entire process of inventing from deciding on a problem to solve to commercializing your solution. Since I learned a good deal about invention and innovating by studying current and historic creators I sprinkled multiple inspirational biographies throughout the text, noting the things we can learn from other success stories. In this blog series I will add the stories of others that have inspired me.

I have long been an admirer of Leonardo da Vinci and even have Italian language copies of his sketchbooks, thank goodness for the drawings. Learning how the mind of da Vinci worked will aid any aspiring inventor/artist/innovator. Wells Baum’s blog https://wellsbaum.blog/2017/07/04/the-imagination-of-leonardo-da-vinci/  posted last July has an interview video with Walter Isaacson on his new da Vinci biography. I recommend a visit.

In my  book, I recommend another best-selling book on Leonardo da Vinci, How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael Gelb.  I review techniques used by da Vinci to hone the tool of curiosity, a critical technique in creative thinking and invention. Visit Michael Gelb’s site at twitter,  https://twitter.com/MichaelJGelb?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor 

I detail the use of curiosity and observation as a tool to stimulate imagination in Invent, Innovate and Prosper. I believe that the imagination is the superhighway of idea exchange between the creative and the conscious minds.

For my post on one inventing technique see  https://inventingpathways.com/uncategorized/recycling-invention-the-art-of-reinventing/

By the way, my wife and I take long distance walks as a hobby. Which is where the name of the publishing company came from. We’ll share pictures of paths around the world in blogs to come.

Michael G. Colburn

Michael Colburn is a veteran entrepreneur having founded eight creation based businesses, some of which are now owned and operated by former employees, a great source of pride for Mike. He has over 28 patents and current licensing partnerships. He has authored the book Invent, Innovate & Prosper, A Step-By-Step Guide to Successful Inventing.
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