Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Digging Inside the Entrepreneurial Mind

What makes an innovator’s brain tick? This post on Future Lab makes a great comparison between what inspired the Wright Brothers to define aviation and innovation today. The inspiration behind their ideas is not so different from what drives entrepreneurs to innovate today. John Caddell includes this excerpt from the book “Miracle at Kitty Hawk: The Letter of Orville and Wilbur Wright” that sums up what motivated these innovators early on:

“Wilbur Wright said, on their way home after the 1901 gliding experiments, that he didn't think man would fly in a thousand years. In a way, though, as Orville Wright said long afterward, it was encouraging to learn that the work of predecessors could not be relied upon. It meant that more knowledge was needed, rather than that flight was impossible.”

Are we so different in this day and age? What are some factors that stimulate your creative juices to branch out innovative insights?

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