“Orville Wright Did Not Have A Pilot’s License”
This is the entire text of chapter 19 in the book Orbiting the Giant Hairball. The author, Gordon McKenzie, has conveyed a profound message in these eight words. The Wright brothers did not need anyone’s permission to invent the airplane. They had the passion, creativity, and persistence to follow their dreams. They inspired their friends and family members into helping them, and together they pursued their idea of helping man fly.
The book is about creativity in the workplace and how one can avoid getting tangled in the rules and systems of the bureaucracy (the hairball) by orbiting it tangentially (being creative while working within constraints).