I came across a good reminder to think about challenges differently to accomplish a goal. Thirty-three years ago Paul MacCready approached a challenge creatively and won. He devised a technological solution to win the Kremer Prize for human powered flight with his innovative Gossamer Condor. All the other teams designed traditional aircraft that were too heavy. Mr. MacCready thought that the prize could be reached by flying slowly. This creative idea lead to a series of innovations with light-weight aircraft. He and his company went on to greater accomplishments and recognition. The innovative Gossamer Condor is now prominently featured at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.
It is good to remember that creativity is critical to the success of your personal and business endeavors. Make sure that you and yours are within an environment that fosters creative thinking and rewards the process of innovation. This is harder to attain than it should be and may require drastic action. But if the game is worth the candle, then any action that will produce creative innovation is certainly worthwhile.
The Gossamer Condor story is worth your time to read. There have long been victors who were creative enough to approach challenges differently, who achieved distinction with innovative attempts to reach their goal.
I trust that such an approach continues to inspire you and produce great accomplishment for you and yours as it has for us. Our firm has enjoyed the great honor and privilege of helping people and their companies thrive with innovative applications of creative thinking since 1971.
[Thanks to Wikipedia and Wired.com for the inspiration.]