Do You Have the Passion to Succeed on Medium?

Intelligence has nothing to do with good writing — but passion does

Tom Egelhoff

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It you think it takes smarts to succeed on Medium consider the following.

Most of you reading this have probably never heard of Samuel Pierpoint Langley.

Mr. Langley was the Secretary of The Smithsonian Institute at one time. The United States government came to Mr. Langley with a very important project.

After all he was one of the smartest and most respected men of the time.

The government provided every monetary resource that Langley requested to complete the important assignment.

The press gave the project almost daily coverage.

It was only a matter of time, everyone thought, before Langley would find the answer that would change the course of mankind.

Unfortunately, Langley failed.

He was missing the one element that separates successes from failures. The idea had been brought to him. It was not his own.

He didn’t have the passion to find the answer at any cost.

The answer that had eluded him was found by two brothers working in a small bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio. They had the passion to find the answer.

Two unknowns. Orville and Wilbur Wright.

The point of this tip is this. Edison, Bell, Gates, Musk, Bezos, Zuckerberg, Dell, and countless others were unknowns at one time.

Did the fact that they were unknowns at one time make their ideas and visions less important?

As you go through life consider each idea for its value — not where it comes from or who thought of it.

If the idea has merit what importance is the source?

Although the idea brought to Langley was sound, and he had some minor successes, he was unable to find a way to execute the idea of manned flight and bring it to life because it wasn’t his idea.

Some Final Thoughts on Success

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Tom Egelhoff

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