What does being an inventor mean to you?
Novel ideas are what make you an inventor. However, to even know whether an idea is novel within a field/domain, one needs to be familiar enough with that domain, and know its basic challenges and problem areas. Hence the process of creativity first begins with learning. When one's learning crosses a threshold, one starts to see patterns in the domain and gets ideas about how various concepts link together and can become a new idea. Being recognized as an inventor validates one's creativity, empowering to do more.