People often ask me how often an idea turns into an invention. I have no real statistics on this but it seems that the people I know that invent stuff have between 3-5 ideas a day that might be worth exploring. Most of those ideas lead nowhere. That’s why this post over at Blogging Innovation caught my eye. I think the article sums it up best as
“the great geniuses produced quantity as well as quality.”
The common denominator in innovation is that the innovator usually has tons of ideas. In fact, there are so many ideas that they can’t possibility pursue them all. The real difference between idea and innovation is focusing on a problem to solve. Finding a solution to a nagging problem usually focuses those mass amount of ideas along a common theme that then leads to an invention.