I began reading the book ‘Mastery‘ by Robert Greene earlier this week. While reading the book, I began to draw a comparison with the book ‘How to fly a horse‘ by Kevin Ashton. Growing up, I learned about the theories of great scientists, works of great artists and details about the greatest inventions which paved the way for the future technologies. I always perceived that their extraordinary brilliance helped them with their achievements. Is intelligence, the secret history of many inventions?.
Secret History of Inventions – Hard Work
The secret history of many inventions is hard work and not intelligence. Have we heard about the amount of effort that was put in and the hardships faced by the individuals in the process of achieving such leaps?
The society in general love to celebrate the unobtainable intelligence of such persons. But would you prefer your children growing up with such a mindset? Or would you prefer your kids growing up understanding the importance of hard work involved in achieving anything that is remarkable? Both books provide plenty of insight into the efforts which led to the discoveries of these ‘geniuses’.
Dyson Vacuum Cleaner invented after 5000+ prototypes
Many of the households would have a ‘Dyson’ vacuum cleaner. Let us trace the history of its making. In 1978, James Dyson became frustrated with his vacuum cleaner’s decreased performance over time. When he took it apart, he saw the dust clogged bag caused the suction to drop. He had built an industrial cyclone tower for his factory which separated paint particles from air using centrifugal force. He set to work by trying to use the same principle in the vacuum cleaner. Five years and 5,127 prototypes later, he invented the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner.
CaterPillar to Butterfly
I remember reading a story about the struggles of the butterfly during my school days. The story goes like this: Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care of it. The little boy got a large jar from his mother and put plants to eat, and stick to climb on, in the jar. Every day he watched the caterpillar and brought it new plants to eat. One day the caterpillar climbed the stick and started acting strangely. The boy worriedly called his mother who came and understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon. The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar was going to go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly. The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes his caterpillar would go through. He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened, a small hole appeared in the cocoon, and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.
At first, the boy was excited, but soon he became concerned. The butterfly was struggling so hard to get out! It looked like it couldn’t set it free! It looked desperate! It looked like it was making no progress! The boy was so concerned, so he decided to help. He ran to get scissors and then walked back (because he had learned not to run with scissors). He snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger, and the butterfly quickly emerged! As the butterfly came out, the boy was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body would shrink, and the butterfly’s wings would expand. But neither happened! The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. As the boy tried to figure out what had gone wrong, his mother took him to talk to a scientist from a local college. He learned that the butterfly was supposed to struggle. In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly.
Next time you are teaching your children about a great invention, educates them about the effort that was needed to build such an invention. It would help them understand that there is no such thing as unattainable brilliance, and that hard work is the way to realize some remarkable ideas. There are no shortcuts but a world of infinite promise and possibility, available to all!
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