Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ben Franklin

How much do you really know about Ben Franklin? He signed both the Decleration of Independence and the Constitution. He was ambassador to France. All of this without a formal education.

What is fascinating to me is more about his life as a businessman. Franklin retired at the age of 42 before he ever started doing inventions and entering politics. Some of the inventions that are important and used to this day include:

Bi-Focals
Lighting Rods
Electric Lightbulb

He continually invented products, explored and most important, challenged the status quo. That is what we have to do every day, challenge what is expected or known. That is how innovation happens. Below is a link to a great article in the NY Times about Franklin.

http://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/30/can-do/

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