For some entrepreneurs thinking up a technology-based solution to a problem is what they dream about. For others, converting a scientifically-based breakthrough discovery might be a stretch. No fusion energy sources or warp drives in the basement lab for example.
But think about the possibilities when you are daydreaming that some of the greatest scientific minds were able to visualize, theorize, and perhaps demonstrate.
When I was in high school our curriculum included two semesters of physics. There were labs associated with the coursework where we could test out various scientific discoveries to learn the basics of the world around us. Our physics teacher was a bit of a comedian by his own admission, and everything we were taught involved exploring humor. This approach get me interested and held my attention. I went on to study biophysics as my ideal combination of science, chemistry, and physics. My mentors were experts in their fields and I was lucky to be in a position to learn from them. It was fun trying to discover new things. More people should consider finding mentors to help guide them.
Deep down some entrepreneurs have that spirit of scientific adventure and discovery. It contributes to their drive to create new things, or improve existing things.
So here is a short list of questions to ask yourself about your type of entrepreneurism.
1. Do you like science? When was the last time you followed a scientific breakthrough?
2. Do you like problem solving? How do you approach the problem?
3. Can you thing of things at a high level and then zoom down to the appropriate level to get a better understanding?
4. Have you ever been mentored by anyone or sought out a mentor?
5. When evaluating your idea do you do a lot of research? What do you do with the information you find?
Now, let's look at that list. If the bulk of your training and work related experiences do not directly involve using the scientific methods you might want to still read up on how the scientific approach can produce better ideas and help guide your thinking.
How about your problem solving abilities? Do you get flashes of ideas, or get a spark of one and mull it over enough times that takes shape enough for you to write it done for further investigation? The thing about us humans is we are all capable of problem solving. Some approach using the skill more than others. Try to learn more about the various types of problem solving. For example, Google "methods of problem solving" and see what you get. You might see some items in that research that could be of some help to you refining your ideas.
Problem solving is also about selecting the proper perspective ranging from a high level concept, down to a far greater level of detail that makes the idea more clear to you and to others you try to explain it to.
I cannot mention it enough to entrepreneurs that it is crucial to seek out more knowledgeable people and learn from them. Finding mentors is worth the effort. You can also check with local business support groups to find out who offers mentoring programs.
Research is for a great many people, the catalyst that helps them decide upon their idea, and what to do with it. It is strange to me that even when in college learning how to do research was a distant option instead of a requirement as it can assist in every area. You do however, need to invest time in doing it, and sifting through the wealth of information that is available to you today.
One final thought. If you see a solution that involves more technology or tools than you possess, that tells you that you really need to seek out the help of people, mentors, advisors, and resources. As Bill Nye, the Science Guy says "everyone you will ever meet knows something that you do not know".