Knowing their names and knowing that they are considered modern geniuses is hardly exceptional. Many believe that entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Thomas Edison are famous only for their brilliant invention which has revolutionized the world of economics, society and many other sectors. But what is it really?
So what are their great ideas?
Great ideas but above all visionaries
But we have to admit it is not so much the idea itself that impresses as the vision in which it is inscribed. These talented men did not stop at the idea of their product alone: they imagined, from the beginnings of their project, without stating them, the impact of their innovation and the deployment of the resources necessary for the realization of their business. This as much in terms of people, skills but also industries that would follow the implementation of their innovation. To succeed, they looked for talent, competent and visionary people who have enabled them to go even further and to multiply innovations and products.
So Steve Jobs has, from the start, designed products as unfinished products so that others go even further than him and generate even more innovative applications. As for Elon musk he was aware that, without the energy, his cars would have a reduced existence and therefore that it was necessary to forge links with the energy of each place and he therefore created this synergy. As it concerns Thomas edison designed the incandescent bulb parallel to the electrical distribution infrastructure, the standard socket to connect the bulb as well as the bulb itself. Bill Gates came under heavy pressure from three shareholders to leave the company he had founded and which he had carried to unparalleled success. His too innovative strategy was not understood but since then he has shown his ability to bounce back and bring humanism, a fundamental value of our modern world.
Thomas Edison, with the 40,000 dollars collected thanks to his telegraph, founded his industrial company of “Menlo Park”, with research laboratories in Newark in New Jersey near New York. It creates the dynamics of modern industrial research with a team of 60 researchers. He supervises up to 40 projects at the same time and lives in his laboratory. Legend has it that he only sleeps four hours a night and was able to work 48 or even 72 hours straight.
Also a hard and tireless worker, Steve Jobs started his day at 4.30 a.m. and he didn’t hesitate to call meetings with his colleagues on Sunday evenings to better prepare for the week.
Elon musk sleeps only six hours a night, stays at the office for 15 hours, but has adopted the principle of multitasking in order to make the most of his time to complete all the projects he has in mind.
As for Bill Gates in the 1990s, he created a holding company in order to invest in numerous companies and ensure their sustainability. This very profitable holding allowed him to become one of the richest men on the planet … He knew how to invest and use the product of his earnings each time. And above all, he takes his time to optimize it.
But above all an ability to bounce back and go beyond their limits
They are also known for their ability to bounce back from failure.
Bill Gates has been in difficulty several times. His first venture was a failure, but he was able to persevere until it succeeded. He says “It’s good to celebrate your successes, but it’s more important to learn lessons from your failures. “.
Thomas edison has this famous phrase about his invention of the light bulb: “I made 10,000 prototypes; they weren’t failures. I just found 10,000 ways to make a light bulb that didn’t work. “ For him, failure is born success and it is the same for all visionaries.
Steve Jobs paid little heed to criticism of his personality, he continued to pursue his research to always innovate better, and the founder of the apple brand suffered many setbacks. He invested millions in a computer that never saw the light of day, he hired someone who then fired him but he developed a philosophy: I didn’t see him right away, but it’s now clear that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that ever happened to me. The weight of having to be a success factor for the company has been replaced by the lightness of being a new kid, less sure of knowing everything. “
As for Elon musk who often takes risks with his innovations, he says: Failure is an option here. If things don’t fail, you aren’t innovative enough. ”
To these few visionaries, many have been added in his last years. One could quote Richard Branson as well as Mark Zuckerberg to complete a list which does not cease growing.