There is a lot to learn from these great men above; their fame needs no introduction. They were men that earned vast amounts of wealth and fortune by simply observing everyday problems, inadequacies, faults, failures and they became obsessed with finding solutions. What an interesting perspective and what a simplistic explanation for their life and world altering contributions to the world. However, it is just that simplistic! Perhaps unbelievably so, curiosity by careful observation of something flawed that could be made better have catapulted these great men in to the history books and cataloged forever as, PIONEERS AND VISIONARIES WAY AHEAD OF THEIR TIME. They are role models to be followed by all and please rest assured you too can follow in their footsteps by believing in yourself, a positive outlook, keen powers of observation, hard work, a good idea and sharp laser-focus determination.
They were men with the fore mentioned in common. And so,with these basic qualities, they went on to be creative discoverers and inventors, brilliant logical thinkers, endowed with extreme common sense, and infinite curiosity but most importantly they were tenacious and extraordinarily hardworking. There is no other magic or secret to their success. Benjamin Franklin one of the most famous within the group of four with his discovery that lightning was in fact electricity and was the inventor of a primitive form of a conductor (a Leyden jar) through his famous and seemingly simple kite, key and jar experiment.He coined most of the words we use today relating to electricity such as battery, conductor and positive and negative charge. Franklin was a compulsive problem solver of his day with his invention of the bifocals, rudimentary swim fins and other such things that are still relevant today. Benjamin was also a very skilled and witty writer and columnist of his day with his famous persona hidden in a nom-de-plume, he was always witty at pointing out common sense of lack thereof. And so very aptly he once said, "either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Which was a commentary about how easily anyone can contribute to the world if one took the time of writing an idea down.
Franklin also humbly said these inspiring words that is still relevant to anyone who wants the secret to achieving your vision. He said,"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."
They were all keen observers who thrived on the study of an everyday problem like for instance: Thomas Edison and his quest to harness the power of electricity in a glass to see at night without the use of oil lamps, candles, or fire. He discovered what is now the light bulb.
Thomas Edison when asked (after years of failing to invent the light bulb)how did he about failing? He shrewdly and with great whit answered and I quote,"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
Yes, it took that many failed attempts, heart-aching disappointments and discouraging moments that would have dissuade anyone from continuing. However, Edison was true to his universally famous quote which was, "genius is one percent imagination and ninety-nine percent perspiration." So, working hard with absolute focus to achieve a dream is just part of the course. Edison quite simply viewed problems as opportunities waiting to be explored and excitedly went on to solve them, much like a mathematician thrives on solving a complex equation. Then with unrelenting and unwavering perseverance he took an idea and thru trial and error, and many disappointments finally achieved his goal. He once said with a clear tongue and cheek demeanor, "opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Two of these men have one thing in common that you might not readily know. They were first inventors of something or of a theory that was more of a discovery than an invention. Their unique discoveries paved the way for a domino-effect of patents and inventions that rode the coat-tails of their discovery.
Their discovery and/or invention would inevitably yield the world with technological advances too many to number, thereby providing the human kind with a better lifestyle, an easier way, as well as line the discoverer or inventors pockets, and with the well-deserved worldwide recognition and in some cases Nobel prizes that followed. The other two Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were innovators that took a preexisting patented somewhat rudimentary invention and innovated it in to something easily useful, marketable and with greater ingenuity and design.
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates revolutionized the world not by discoveries and/or inventions but by innovations. Taking an existing product and making it cost effective, marketable, technologically better, attractive, lighter, smaller and with their well-known ease of use style or signature.
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates’ innovative technological contributions to the world were leaps and bounds for the computer age and what it is now dubbed the Silicon Valley.
Bill Gates had a passion for computers and after just two years at Harvard decided to leave and open up his own company. His parents were reluctant supporters making a deal with him. The deal was if this computer company didn’t work then it was back to Harvard and finish his Ivey League schooling. Gates took over his parents garage to form with a partner what we know today as the behemoth company named Microsoft. Bill Gates once very modestly said, “its fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Those words are as profound as they are simplistic.
Steve Jobs took a failing and almost bankrupt company that was Apple, and through his constant next-century keen eye for innovating something with promise from useless to can’t-live-without. Jobs led Apple to unimaginable success with such innovations as the I-pad, I-phone, the I-mac’s and the I-pod. Steve Jobs did not invent any of these, but he seems to have been credited in our pop culture of the time for inventing all of it. Basically, because of his talent to innovate with a clear vision of what he wanted to achieve. The I-pod especially most credit him as the inventor but he was not, at the time companies like Sony, Diamond and Creative Labs had what is still known as the MP3. Yet the MP3 at the time was a very unsuccessful product, costly, large and unmarketable, it failed almost immediately and made no impact to the world of music. However, when Jobs innovated the I-pod as a small, thin,light-weight gadget that was affordable, with an appealing and more attractive design, while maintaining Jobs signature “ease-of-use or user-friendly signature.” Jobs made the world take note of himself and of Apple as the visionary of the 21st century. Jobs lived and breathed by these words,he once said,"Innovations distinguishes between a leader and a follower." And so, he was a true leader until his untimely death in 2011.
Albert Einstein was an example of someone who had imagination and vision and how these two attributes overcame his lack of academic ambition and success. He hit rock bottom academically and went from being hailed by his teacher, as an example, not of success, but of failure, by saying of the young Einstein’s academic future or lack thereof in her opinion, “he would never amount to anything.” That experience inspired his quote later in life, when he said, "imagination is more important than knowledge." And, he proved that to be true with his achievements with his theories (i.e. General Relativity and Special Relativity.) Those theories went on to revolutionize many facets of science. He went on to become the 20th century most important and world celebrated physicist who is still dubbed the smartest man who ever lived. Interesting Einstein fact is that after Israel became officially The State of Israel in 1948, Einstein was offered the presidency in 1952 to which he sadly declined. If only we could have seen that teachers face that said of Einstein that he wouldn’t amount to anything, after Einstein received the highly publicized honor at the time of presiding over Israel?
As a child Einstein had a rough start. His father was a failed business man whose ventures faltered almost as quickly as they began. This constant stroke of bad luck or bad business forced the family to separate.Einstein's parents left Munich at the behest of a family member who offered the bankrupt patriarch employment and opportunity in Milan. His parents and loving sister left Munich and moved to Milan, leaving Little Albert behind at a boarding house in Munich.
The troubled child was often teased, harassed and bullied for his once fervent religious beliefs to then suddenly questioning them altogether,when science books started to peak his interest.He was fascinated by science which at the time contradicted and conflicted with his almost fanatical religious views. It started with a compass at the age of 5, which he was oddly fascinated by and the basic laws of physics that governed its dial and from thereon he was devoted to the curiosities of physics and the mathematical formulas that governed all things material and immaterial.
He was given his first Geometry book which he dubbed "Holy Little Geometry Book,"which enthralled his curiosity even further. Then through the mentoring of a young medical student whom fed his appetite for all thing’s science especially physics with large heaping spoonful of knowledge through more and more science books his interest in science grew exponentially. The at the time intellectually emaciated Einstein found that the only thing that drove his imagination to distraction was his passion for physics, science and math and therefore, his future path in life through the unseen world of physics was set in motion.
Einstein eventually dropped out of school, simply because nothing other than mathematics and physics interested him. So,with his prospects looking ever so bleak he rejoined his family in Milan, and he tested and garnered himself a position in the prestigious school in Zurich named Eidgenossische Polytechnic School and the rest is history.
Without his vast imagination and the knowledge, he acquired soon after he couldn't have theorized himself in to a Nobel Prize award in 1922. Einstein once said, "The important thing is not to stop questioning, curiosity has its own reason for existing."Much like Einstein and all these great men of their time to achieve any kind of success we must keep the fires of curiosity burning and we must continue to ask the questions that will take us one step further to achieving our vision, your vision.
In Conclusion, these were great men because of their imagination and their ability to believe that anything is possible. This simplistic belief led these men to incredible discoveries, groundbreaking inventions, and world-renowned innovations. All their achievements were born first as a thought, then grew to an idea, afterwards morphed into a vision, then matured in to a goal. After endless work, trial and error, experiments, and many discouraging disappointments these once cock-eyed notions became possibilities which turned in to success. So, let it be learned through their experience that your belief in yourself to achieve your vision begins with the limitless power of your infinite imagination and only then are the possibilities of your success endless.