Invention: A Life is a great book about invention, risk taking, entrepreneurial initiative, guts, perseverance, resilience and a never give up attitude. James Dyson’s story is very fascinating, thought provoking with lots of ups and downs, false turns and many failures.
“It is a story told through a life of creating and developing things, as well as expressing a call to arms for young people to become engineers, creating solutions to our current and future problems.”
The book is a journey of an entrepreneur, the ups and downs, the value of having a supportive partner or spouse (Deidre), the importance of have a mentor (Jeremy Fry) that longs to want you to succeed, a dedicate financial institution or bank manager that is ready to take the plunge with you. His story how far determination, willpower, dedication, persistence and perseverance can take someone with a commitment to succeed.
Dyson made 5,127 prototypes of his Cyclonic and Bagless Vacuum Cleaner before he got to a model he could set about licensing.
Quotable Quotes from James Dyson’s – Invention: A Life Autobiography
The cowards never started and the weak died along the way—that leaves us.
At 24, Phil Knight had a crazy idea based on a paper he wrote while enrolled as a student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In the paper, he asked the following question: “Can Japanese Sports Shoes Do to German Sports Shoes What Japanese Cameras Did to German Cameras?”. After a trip around the world, he decided to setup Blue Ribbon Sports (later Nike) with the goal of importing high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. With that humble beginning, Nike is today the world’s largest supplier of athletic shoes and apparel and with revenue of $44.5 billion in its fiscal year 2021 (ending May 31, 2021). 1
“Can Japanese Sports Shoes Do to German Sports Shoes What Japanese Cameras Did to German Cameras?”
Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates in 1975. In his memoir Idea Man, Allen writes about the personal computer revolution, the origin story of Microsoft, his relationship with Bill Gates, dealing with cancer, his successes, failures and lessons learned in the process of building multiple businesses.
They started Microsoft in 1975 to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. In April 2019, Microsoft reached the trillion-dollar market capitalization, becoming the third U.S. public company to be valued at over $1 trillion after Apple and Amazon. As of February 2022, Microsoft is the second most valuable company in the world with market capitalization of $2.2 trillion and employs 182,000+ individuals.
Walter Isaacson’s Biography on the late founder of Apple is a great book based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues.
The Steve Jobs biography contains lots of insights, lessons learned from building the world’s most valuable company, the roller coaster life of an entrepreneur, quotable quotes on building a company that is built to last. Apple creates insanely great products based on Steve Job’s vision and obsession on simplicity.
One of the most exciting habits that I formed during the covid-19 pandemic lockdown is meditation. I start the day by meditating with the Calm Mental Health App which has daily guided meditations (Daily Calm with Tamara Levitt, Daily Trip with Jeff Warren, and Daily Jay with Jay Shetty), Morning Wake-Up stretch with Christian Slomka, curated sleep tracks, and other great contents. It has been a great experience as meditating helps in paying attention to your breathing, staying focused and grounded.
Meditation is a practice in which an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm, and stable state. 1
The hardest part of starting anything worthwhile is the start. When you start, the universe conspire to make your dreams come true. You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great. We all have greatness in us and we need to initiate, start, execute and do to become great. Unseen forces conspires to help you get what you want but you have to consistently show up day in day out.
New Years Resolution is a ritual most of us participate in on a yearly basis. We set attributional goals such as saving more, reading more books, becoming a better listener, exercising more, learning a foreign language among others. The New Year is a great period for starting afresh. Here are some great New Years Resolution quotes:
We are producing more data than we can process to information. We are constantly been bombarded with notifications, alerts, pings, news, reports, etc. Social Media is one of the greatest innovation in the past decade and it has amplified our tendency to keep up with peers, family and neighbours. Information Overload is one of the unintended consequence of been constantly available and online.
Exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. 1 Exercising is one of my favourite daily activity for maintaining equanimity, focus and my mood in general. I run (11 Marathons), started swimming, box, daily stretch and have come to realize that exercising is great for withstanding the trying times.
Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt
Reinvention is the action or process through which something is changed so much that it appears to be entirely new. Personal Reinvention is the process by which we reinvent ourselves either by changing careers, environment, jobs, or worldview. As Greek Philosopher Aristotle once quipped: ” We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act but a habit.” The process of personal reinvention is a lifelong journey and it needs to be done repeatedly.
Influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself. Influence can also be defined as the power to change or affect someone or something: the power to cause changes without directly forcing them to happen.
“He who thinks he leads, but has no followers, is only taking a walk.”
One of my favorite things to do in the world is to read great books. Readers are said to be leaders. The more you read, the more you expand your worldview and perspective. One of the hallmarks of great men and women is that they are curious, lifelong learners with a beginner’s mindset.