Famous Story Reveals the Principle of Success

What Principles of Success can you derive from the following famous story in History.

More than a century ago, in 1903, the Wright Brothers achieved their monumental goal of flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.


Most people don’t know that there were quite a few other people trying to build an airplane at the same time. One was Alexander Graham Bell; another was the President of the Smithsonian Institution.

All of these men were much better funded than a certain little-known pair of bicycle shop mechanics from Ohio with a wind tunnel in their garage.

But there’s a key difference that led to the Wright Brothers’ success.


Their better-funded and more famous (at the time) competitor, Samuel Pierpont Langley, focused his attention on the engine. He believed that if he created a powerful enough engine, it would lift his plane heavenward.

One problem: Powerful engines are heavy. Trying to defeat gravity with something heavy is rarely a successful strategy. So, Langley’s plane crashed into the Potomac.

Huge embarrassment.

Meanwhile the Wright brothers focused on building an aerodynamicglider. They tested gliders in their wind tunnel. They launched their glider off of hills (without any engine at all) and studied how far it would soar.  Tweaking and tweaking until they knew they had a air-worthy plane.

Then, and only then, did they strap a small engine to it…and the rest is history.