"Academia is the only place where a 9 to 1 vote . . .
Is considered a tie."
Henry Kissinger is supposed to have said something like this when he was the U.S. Secretary of State. Like Einstein at the Patent Office, he was a great example of an independent scholar and thinker: Forever curious, engaged, and making a unique impact without needing a 10-0 vote to do it.
But being an independent scholar can seem likely lonely work. This is regardless of whether you are trying to transition in or out of a full-time academic gig, or whether you are a "think different" sort of a person who's currently a professor but who wants to contribute more in the role you're already in.
Here's what's helped other independent scholars and thinkers. These might also be ideas that can help you keep the fire burning, build an empowering community, and find a new and unique super power -- whether you do it in the Patent Office, the Oval Office, or your office.