Author Dan Miller and I recently visited the Wright Brothers National Monument in North Carolina. These are the ten lessons we learned as we reflected on our experience.
- Persistence, experimentation and asking for help are key to success.
- Many give up because they fear failure and competition.
- It doesn’t matter how old you are; you still have more inside of you.
- The Wright brothers did something no one had done, took a small break and then did it again. They didn’t let off the gas.
- You don’t know what progress will come after you break a barrier.
- Get the right people in your corner.
- Innovation is contagious and births more innovation. The sharing of ideas is a powerful thing.
- The Wright brothers always wore suites. They were who they were, no matter where they were.
- Once you accomplish one thing, you can ask what else you can do.
- Innovation will always be built upon. Everyone has limits, and the next generation takes it to the next level.
I am always amazed at the lessons you can learn about life and leadership. Often, they are in plain site. We just have to have eyes to see them.
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