you are innovative, ambitious, and persistent


As an inventor, you are innovative, ambitious, and persistent, with a keen curiosity about the physical world and a logical mind that enjoys working through problems. You enjoy opportunities to build and repair things, often relying on your intuition as you go as you are very in tune with the physical world. While you excel in creation, you do not see yourself as artistic and you value realistic solutions that transfer to the physical world rather than grand imaginations. 

You work best in an autonomous environment that allows you to move at your own pace in whatever way you see fit, as you have a lot of energy for getting things done and like to forge ahead in your work. Though you may be drawn to more independent work that allows you to focus on the projects and innovation that excite you, you possess the skills to be a great leader. You understand the value of having the space to explore new options and find what works, so you encourage those you work with to take initiative and work without being micromanaged. 

You encourage innovation in those around you, and you are not afraid to play devil’s advocate during discussions. This allows your team to explore new ideas and expand the potential of any projects you take part in. You love to introduce new ways of doing things, and your enthusiasm inspires others to get excited about new possibilities. 

Your Core Beliefs:

You believe that the only bad option is the option that is not explored, rarely shying away from taking an unconventional approach to solving problems. As much as you value creativity, you also value logic and keep your ideas firmly rooted in what is physically possible. You believe that authority and conventional ideas should be challenged, because blindly following the rules inhibits innovative thought that could lead to better processes and ideas. 

You fear lack of autonomy, being bored, and being held back. Fear is a healthy emotion that alerts us when it is time to get prepared. Fear alerts us to the fact that something needs assessing.  When you live in the space of fear it can become paralyzing and confusing. The feelings of anxiety and overwhelm can present themselves as guarded and tense. The opportunity is to embrace the fear as your friend. Shift the shallow breath to a deep breath and ask yourself, “Is this fear justified?” If so, “What do you need to prepare for?” It is also an opportunity to shift your story. Are you telling the story of opinionated vs obstinate, innovative vs impractical, or flexible vs directionless?


So, before you read the shadow side, I invite you to see this as an opportunity for growth. Feedback is often not your friend as it can feel like an attempt to control how you operate, but that is not the purpose of this feedback. Your intentions are pure, yet they can create discord in your collaboration.

You feel confident in your ability to jump into situations and adapt as you go, and this is one of your many strengths as an inventor. When the inventor is not serving you, however, you may assume that others around you are as adaptable as you are and this may lead you to be vague when assigning tasks or giving instructions. While you value the space to operate how you want to, others may be frustrated by a lack of direction and may struggle to produce the results that you would like to see. 

You are a visionary, able to see the big picture for projects and ideas, and this is a great asset in any workplace. When the inventor is not serving you, though, you may find yourself constantly focusing on big pictures and new ideas rather than following through on plans already in place. Those around you may become frustrated if sufficient time is not devoted to the logistics of these big projects, and even the most exciting plans are not likely to produce good results if they are not organized and practical. 

You possess a sharp mind and great enthusiasm for forging ahead in your work, and this energy can inspire those around you to move forward as well. There are times when others may not have the same strengths as you do, and it is important to be sure that the inventor is not telling you to forget about them and move on with your work. While you can grow frustrated, feeling impeded by others who prefer a slower approach, it is important to remember that collaboration is a great part of teamwork and you could miss out on important insights by disregarding your team. 

Life is not always easy for the inventor. Working with teammates who prefer a traditional approach can leave you feeling stifled and bored, and makes it difficult to get excited about what you are doing. Rules and traditional ways of doing things can leave you feeling restless like a bird in a cage, and that can take a toll on you. 

Inventors make good entrepreneurs, research analysts, software developers, public relations specialists, astronomers, or survey researchers. 


  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • Benjamin Franklin

  • Marie Curie

Life’s Lesson Questions:

  • Is this an appropriate situation to question authority?
  • Is this person open to me playing devil’s advocate?
  • Can I slow down so that others can catch up?
  • Have I sufficiently fleshed out the details for this project?