So I'd like to make some career plans and I'm interested in getting some feedback. I used to have a full-time job that was very stressful (mostly because of the people I had to deal with), then I spent a few years unemployed (but trying to start a business, but I only got so far). For the last couple of years I've been working again, but only part time. My job is pretty manageable because it's usually low stress. There are a couple of paths that I could try to follow. One is that I try to get a second job, hopefully one as low stress as the one I've got now. The thing that I'm most excited about though is inventing. I've literally got hundreds of ideas, at various levels of development (in terms of how much thought I've put into them, and in some cases patent research), but I don't have anything prototyped. There are a number of problems with inventing, however. One is that (practically speaking) to make money from an invention, you have to have a patent for it. Without going into details, to get a patent, the thing that you are trying to patent has to meet a number of standards. There's also expenses. I should be eligible for some pro-bono legal aid, which would dramatically cut down on the costs of getting a patent. Even if a patent is issued though (which can be a lengthy process), only about 3% of patented inventions ever make money. There are various reasons for this. Just to name a couple, one is that the market doesn't want your invention, and another is that the patent holder fails to market and develop. One problem is picking which of my inventions would be the best to develop. I have a couple of ideas that I think might be best though. One of my ideas is for an improvement to methods and devices for a particular type of pediatric heart surgery. The advantages of developing this idea are: 1. If it works the way I hope, it would save the lives of children 2. Similar methods and devices might be used for other types of patients 3. In principle there's a government research grant available to develop it Whether or not it might actually work is quite speculative though, and I don't know for sure this is something that they would still fund. In principle, I could check with someone at the potential funding organization to see if the idea seemed plausible and was in principle something that they might fund. Even if I cross that hurdle though, I'd still have to recruit a principle investigator, since I can't run experiments or prototype on my own. Also, it can be pretty hard to get research grants. There's also another idea that I've picked as a good candidate for development. It would be a business service. The appeal of this would be that it could be something I could start on a small scale, and work up, rather than having to try to get venture capital funding for. The downside would be I'd have to pay for all the prototyping. With any of my ideas, there's the problem that as I try to develop them, I get into (at least) project management issues, and I don't have any background with that. Unless I sell the ideas to someone else, I'd also have to either recruit someone to start a business, or learn enough about business to manage the business myself. While in principle I could learn a few things here and there, my energy level and motivation is quite low. The thing I do best is come up with ideas for how to solve problems, but everything else is outside of my core competency. I'm not sure that I could simply farm out all of the work to other people and expect to get good results.