The Wright Brothers, Orville (1871-1948), and Wilbur (1867 -1912) are famous for inventing, creating, and flying the first plane. Before studying them, I believed they were extraordinary folks. However, after conducting an extensive study on the two brothers, I realized they were ordinary people who appeared different because they possessed the following features.
The Wright Brothers: –
- Were Voracious Readers
The Wright brothers loved reading books. They read all sorts of books including engineering books, ancient books, and autobiographies of great inventors. Historians reveal that the Wright brothers had no electricity, telephones or light in their house, but they had lots of books: their house looked like a library.
Reading seemed to have contributed to them inventing the plane because reading boosts imagination and creativity. Reading also enabled the Wright brothers to know where other people who tried to invent the airplane failed.
Therefore, encourage yourself to read everyday keeping in mind that Readers are Leaders.
- Were Passionate About the Concept of Flying
History reveals that the Wright brothers were obsessed with flight. They read every book about flight, and most of their conversations were about flight.
- Never Gave Up
The Wright brothers never gave up even though most of their attempts to fly failed. People don’t know that they built many planes that crashed before they finally created the plane that flew successfully in 1903.
- Were Risk-Takers
The Wright brothers risked death while trying to create the first flying plane. They often crash-landed when they went up in the air. One of the Wright brothers sustained injuries while testing a plane but these injuries did not stop them.
Besides this, the Wright brothers still attempted to fly despite knowing that many previous inventors had died trying to fly a plane. The Wright Brothers didn’t care: they were bold enough to risk their lives.
- Believed in the Impossible
Though flying appeared to be delusional and wishful thinking during those times, the Wright brothers believed they could fly. Many people had tried to fly for centuries but failed. People had already given up on the idea that human-beings could one day fly. However, the Wright brothers believed in the impossible: they believed that flight was possible, and they eventually flew.
- Ignored the Naysayers
Many people tried to tell the Wright Brothers that they would never fly a plane because it was unrealistic for a heavy metal with a person in it to fly in the air. Even, physicians argued that metal was heavier than air: therefore, it was impossible to build a machine (plane) that would beat this scientific principle. However, the Wright Brothers had mastered the art of ignoring the Naysayers. They believed in the impossible, they believed in their ability, and they believed they could fly, and they did so.
Ignore the Naysayers: Ignore Those Who Say It Can’t Be Done – Arnold Schwarzenegger
I wrote this piece because I wanted you to know that successful people are not extraordinary people as we always believe. The Wright brothers prove that inventors are just like you and me. They just did what many people don’t do: they were persistent, they never gave up, they always read books, believed in the impossible, they were massive risk-takers, and lastly, they did not care about other people’s opinions.
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If You Are Chasing Your Dream, You Are Fucked
This article is strictly meant for all those fucked up folks chasing their dreams. I always give you guys good news, but today I have bad news for you.
I believe you’ve put yourself in serious trouble by deciding to pursue your dreams because you have no choice but to persevere the hardships that all dream chasers face. You’ll have to endure the sleepless nights, anxieties, doubts, the feeling of giving up, and all other ‘negative’ things associated with dream chasing.
The good thing is that you can avoid these hardships by giving up. However, if you give up, you’ll have to live with deep regret and severe depression for the rest of your life because you’ll see people who were less skilled than you achieving what you gave up on.
Let’s say you want to be a rich and famous actor, and you know that you have higher chances of achieving this dream than most people. However, you give up after facing various challenges. A few years later, you see the people you knew were worse than you becoming award-winning actors. How will you feel?
You’ll feel bad, and people will notice it, and they’ll remind you that you had a better chance at succeeding yet you gave up.
That being said, it’s clear that you are fucked if you are following your dreams because you’ve set yourself for either regret or facing the many obstacles dream chasers face.
You’ll live with regret if you give up, and if you don’t give up, you’ll have to work hard till the day you’ll succeed. You’ll have to make lots of sacrifices, face criticism and rejection, force yourself to work every single day and experience slow progress even though you are working your ass-off.
I’m sorry for you dear because as a dream chaser, there is no turning back since you are like someone who landed on an island and burned all his boats. You just have to face the hardships dream chasers face or give up and drown in depression, stress, and anger forever. Either Way, You Are Fucked.
It’s horrifying, but it’s the damn truth. Following your dreams isn’t all fun and games, and so is living with REGRET and drowning in alcoholism because you gave up.
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5 Proven Factors That Can Make Your Hard Work As Useless As A Politician’s Brain
I’m a firm supporter of hard work, and I believe success is impossible without hard work. However, I believe some factors can make your hard work useless. These factors might make you fail regardless of how hard you work.
Here are they:
- Playing Safe
Hard work and playing safe equals frustration and lack of progress. Hard work only works if you take risks because taking risks opens you up to many opportunities which can result in you making huge steps in your career.
Therefore, be ready to be left behind if you are a risk-averse hard worker because you’ll always avoid taking advantage of risky opportunities that your competitors will exploit.
‘Travelling on a risk-free road, unfortunately, won’t get you to any important destination.’ – Ernie Zelinski
- The Lack of Uniqueness
Your hard work will be as useless as shit if you don’t stand out. In the book, Purple Cow, Seth Godin explains how your business or project might fail to attract customers if you don’t offer unique services or products. Today, the competition is tough, and your talent or business won’t get noticed if it is not unique. To be noticed, you have to offer something unique the way Lana Del Rey does it in the music industry. You have to be remarkable and different because no matter how hard you work, you might fail if what you offer is common.
- Poor Social Skills
Your hard work might be as useless as trap music if you don’t have the right connections. Poor social skills prevent you from having the right connections because they push people away. Besides this, they prevent you from effectively networking hence reducing your chances of success. Conversely, good social skills attract success because they make you a good networker who attracts people with the right connections.
- Poor Health
No matter how hard you work, you won’t succeed if you neglect your health. Poor health leads to failure because it results in decreased energy and focus levels. Besides this, poor health increases your chances of contracting diseases that might force you to regularly take long breaks from your work hence preventing you from being consistent, thus leading to failure.
- A Poor Team
If you are working on something with two or more people, your hard work will be useless as my high school diploma if your partners are lazy, unfocused, risk-averse, stupid, egocentric, weed-smoking, alcoholic idiots. These folks will always drag you ten steps behind every time you make a huge step forward. Besides this, you will also waste lots of energy and time trying to make them a suitable team.
All people who succeeded after working with a team did so because they worked with team members who were as determined and focused as them. Therefore, realize that your hard work will be wasted if you have a poor team.
Working hard and still failing is a depressive thing. Therefore, we must always pinpoint the factors that can make us fail regardless of our hard work. I believe there are many other factors that can make an individual’s hard work useless. You are free to add these factors to the comment box below.
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