Innovation is what moves us forward, and it's where creative thinkers make a lasting impact. Take a look at the questions below, and find out whether your a Tesla or a Curie.
Which of the following quotes most resonates with you?
- “I don’t care that they stole my idea... I care that they don’t have any of their own.”
- “I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries.”
What does innovation mean to you?
- Mind-blowing discoveries that transform the world.
- Research and dedication to the cause, no matter the personal cost.
How innovative would you say your business is?
- We’re top-notch - innovation is part of what we do. We embrace it, staff have time to work on new things, and have a system to put forward new ideas. The best are then picked and implemented.
- We try, but it’s often a lone effort and a single person taking all the risk.
What would you need to get your business to the top of its innovation game?
- More money
- Better conditions in which to innovate, like time and people.
You’re Nikola Tesla. You’re at the top of your game and are keen to make advancements.
Nikola Tesla was an engineer and scientist born in modern-day Croatia. Tesla moved to the United States in 1884 and briefly worked with Thomas Edison before the two parted ways. He sold several patent rights, including those to his AC machinery, to George Westinghouse.
Throughout his career, Tesla discovered, designed and developed ideas for a number of important inventions — most of which were officially patented by other inventors — including dynamos (electrical generators similar to batteries) and the induction motor.
He was also a pioneer in the discovery of radar technology, X-ray technology, remote control and the rotating magnetic field — the basis of most AC machinery. Tesla is most well-known for his contributions in AC electricity and for the Tesla coil.
You’re Marie Curie. You persevere with innovation regardless of challenges you face, but it’s sometimes a struggle.
Marie Curie is remembered for her discovery of radium and polonium, and her huge contribution to finding treatments for cancer.
Born Maria Skłodowska on 7 November 1867 in Warsaw, Poland, she was the youngest of five children of poor school teachers.
In 1903 Marie and her husband, Pierre, were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics jointly with Henri Becquerel for their combined, though separate, work on radioactivity
She was awarded her second Nobel Prize in 1911, this time in chemistry for creating a means of measuring radioactivity.
But her innovation came at the cost of her own life; she died as a result of a condition she developed after years of exposure to radiation through her work.
Let's draw inspiration from the innovative journeys of these remarkable individuals. Whether you resonate with Tesla's unwavering pursuit of progress or Curie's perseverance through adversity, their stories offer valuable lessons for anyone embarking on the path of innovation.
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