Editor’s note: Devin White, 15, is our resident youth blogger.

By Devin White

There’s a reason why, when the teacher says, ” you may choose a partner”, everyone gets excited.

Devin White

Devin White

When you’re young you usually just partner up with a friend most likely or someone sitting close to you. But as you get older, I see people tend to pick partners based on their smarts to make sure they get a good grade.

When it comes to inventing, there are no letter grades. You don’t pick a partner to get an A or B. In the real inventing world, when you think of that breakthrough idea or just something you want to follow through on, it’s smart to seek advice or include a partner or partners if you plan to develop your product.

Two minds are better at work than one. When two or more minds are working, the capabilities of the invention become broader. You are able to come up with more ideas on what materials to use, how it’s used, and who would use it.

Plus you have the advantage of time. It’s simple. It takes 15 minutes to whip up a batch of cookies with 20 cookies. Two people can make 40 cookies in the same amount of time. Not only can you do one task quicker, but you are able to do more of the broader picture in less time.

Be wise when asking someone if they want in on your idea. Hate to break it, but sometimes your best friend isn’t the best person for the job. When asking someone if they want to help you take your idea to the next level, make sure you include your vision and plans of the idea, what comes with the territory (meaning duties), and any other variables you want to include to your partner.

BTW, it’s a great practice gig to pitch your idea.

I’m a busy guy. Everyone is, so don’t be afraid to include someone if you feel you can’t handle something, or simply if you’re just looking for someone else’s opinion. Almost like hiring a consultant without forking up the cash. Let’s Show the WORLD, Don’t Stop Thinking.

Devin White