Posts tagged: Inspired Idle Achiever

Mark Twain’s Stuck Moment as an Idle Achiever

| October 18, 2011
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His stuck moment: His investments in new inventions, and his own publishing house, left his finances in ruin.

He commits to his belief: Twain filed for bankruptcy, which absolved him of much of his debt. But, he was determined to make good by embarking on a world lecture tour to pay his creditors in full. 

Unstuck result: In the six years that he toured and lectured, he also wrote “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” and “Tom Sawyer Abroad, by Huck Finn.”

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Helen Greiner’s Stuck Moment as an Idle Achiever

| October 18, 2011
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Her stuck moment: As a designer of robots for military use, iRobot missed the mark with its mine-clearing robot, Ariel, which used advanced technologies but did not meet the needs of the customer. Greiner’s company became known for innovation for innovation’s sake. 

She commits to her belief: When Greiner was invited to an Army Rangers demonstration, she used the opportunity to get user feedback by bringing a different robot prototype and asking soldiers for input. 

Unstuck result: The prototype she showed the soldiers later became PackBot, a bomb-disposal robot that has saved the lives of dozens of soldiers. 

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Simon Cowell’s Stuck Moment as an Idle Achiever

| October 18, 2011
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His stuck moment: Since age 23, Cowell wanted to scale the heights of the music business, but he wasn’t able to sustain success in a series of early ventures he started, eventually leaving him broke and living with his parents. 

He commits to his belief: By joining an established label, BMG Records, Cowell was able to focus on his talent for finding talent.

Unstuck result: At BMG, he signed a string of singing acts that sold more than 150 million records. He later became famous worldwide for the TV show “American Idol.”

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