Simon Sinek’s famous TED presentation, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action,” includes a valuable lesson on innovation. He discusses the race for flight between the well-funded, highly educated, and widely acclaimed Samuel P. Langley and the unfunded, unknown Wright Brothers. Langley was after fame and wealth while the Wright Brothers were pursuing a dream with all their heart, overcoming obstacles and “innovation fatigue factors” that Langley would never face. Their persistence and passion made the difference. Langley, on the other hand, gave up once he realized that the Wright Brothers had beat him to his goal. Innovation success is not about funding and education as much as it is about persistence and passion, when the idea is right and the skills are there to make it work.

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