There have been many people in history that succeeded even when experts told them they could not and would not. So why did they continue? If today you started out to find a way to build a bridge to England from the United States, but engineering experts told you it was impossible, would you continue or quit?
What is inside a person that convinces them to continue on a journey in the face of ultimate opposition?
When I think of this situation my mind immediately goes to Tesla, Edison, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, Steve Jobs, Tom Brady and Henry Ford. All of these individuals rose to amazing achievements in their industry, some personally and some for the advantage of humankind.
In the 1920’s Henry Ford was losing sales to Chevrolet’s new V6 engine and Ford needed to compete. He had refused to build a V6 because of mechanical problems AND he didn’t want to follow Chevrolet, he wanted to be an industry leader.
So he commissioned his engineers to build an affordable V8 engine. He was told by every consultant and family member including Edsel, that the project was impossible. So, against his adviser’s recommendation he funded the project which failed time and time again. His engineers returned to him after each failed attempt and Ford responded by giving them more money and encouraging them that they were on the brink of changing the world.
After many failed attempts the engineers returned to inform Mr. Ford that they had accomplished his vision and the V8 was introduced in March 1932.
Once again I ask: what is it inside of a man or woman that makes them defy common thought and rise to greatness?
I leave you with this quote attributed to Steve Jobs:
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
Being willing to chase your dream can be a very scary endeavor, but the alternative leads to a slow death.
Just a thought on a Wednesday morning…