Escalate the Intensity, Increase the Stakes: Orville and Wilbur Wright’s Extraordinary Obsession with Flight
Humankind has dreamed of flying since our early ancestors first laid eyes on the flying creatures of prehistoric times. But it wasn’t until 1903, despite facing fierce competition from scores of better educated, and better funded aviation pioneers, that Wilbur and Orville Wright at last achieved the dream of powered flight. In this episode, we’ll explore what set these two curious, self-taught, visionary engineers apart from so many others, revealing the most critical secret to their success.
Episode Overview: On December 17, 1903, a pair of self-taught, visionary American engineers achieved their dream, forever made the world a smaller place, and helped usher in the age of globalization. It was the first successful piloted, powered airplane flight in history, and with it the Wright brothers revolutionized the world. Competing against the greatest minds in science and technology at the time, the Wright brothers were far from the most likely candidates for pioneering aviation success. Neither one of the brothers graduated high school, went to college, or had any formal training as an engineer. Nor did they have the financial support of the more established aviation pioneers. And, yet, they had everything they needed to succeed. In this episode of Classic Influence, we’ll travel back to the late 19th century and see what set these two middle-class Midwestern bicycle mechanics apart from the aviation pack. Listen in now and you will also learn the one critical characteristic of success shared by most everyone of America’s most wealthy business titans, including Andrew Carnegie (1835—1919), John D. Rockefeller (1839—1937), Warren Buffett (1930—), and Bill Gates (1955—).