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Amy C. CosperA sense of invention is one of the cornerstones of creativity and a basic tenet of entrepreneurialism. Invention sits right at the root of the creative process. It's the trigger for creations that are either of-the-moment (think pet rocks) or long-lasting (think the wheel).

Invention truly embodies the concept of creating something out of nothing. And entrepreneurs are the ultimate purveyors of this skill (as much as they are masters of invention's companion, reinvention).

Who doesn't love a good invention? Even the silly ones have meaning. This notion hit home one day as I sat awaiting a meeting at this intentionally distressed-looking office-meets-loft-meets-basketball court-meets-dog park owned by a budding online entrepreneur. The topic of the meeting, as chance would have it, was innovation.

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