Walt Disney – A Team Development Entrepreneur

25 April, 2010

How did Walt Disney get the idea to develop cartoons that entertained millions of people? Also, how did he build the great Disneyland team? Of course, many of us come up with good ideas. Sometimes we work on them and develop an invention. That is only half the battle at best. To make money from your work you need to promote, distribute, sell and manage what you have created. It…

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Making Money and Amazing Charity – Andrew Carnegie’s Life

6 February, 2010

Andrew Carnegie had little education, but he was a quick learner and owner of big business organizations. But, he started in poverty.  His father, William, was a poor weaver in Dunfermline, Scotland, who borrowed the money for tickets to emigrate to the USA in 1848.  Little did he know, that his son would become the richest man in the world within the next twenty years. Andrew started work in a mill, but moved…

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Amazing Idea – Wireless and Marconi

27 January, 2010

Imagine you have an amazing idea. No one believes what you say. But, you know you can send a message from one village to another and one town to another in a second. Today, we take it for granted. But in the 19th century it was a wild idea. People laughed at inventors who talked of such things. Everyone knew the fastest way to deliver a message was by a…

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Peace or Death

23 January, 2010

I was interested to read the life story of Alfred Nobel, whose name is famous for the Nobel Prizes awarded each year. When in Paris, he went to a cafe and while drinking his coffee read a newspaper. In the obituary column, to his horror he saw his own name. The notice said that the Merchant of Death was dead. He was astounded that is how his work as a…

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Stephenson’s Rocket Revolution

3 January, 2010

How fast does news travel? If you have a computer and modem access to the internet then it can take less than a second. However, if you had been born about 160 years ago then news went at the speed of a horse or a pigeon. In those days, people relied on the horse to take them from village to village and town to town. However, in war it was…

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The Watch Inventor

2 January, 2010

What was it like living before there were watches to give you the time? Most people relied on sun dials. But, what happened when it was raining, or in winter when the sun did not shine? Clearly, time had a different meaning than it does today, where we organize things by minutes and seconds. That is what interested me in my search for amazing people who gave us great inventions….

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