Wright Bros vs Langley

Why the Wright brothers beat much larger competitors.

Wright Bros vs Langley
In previous lessons, we established our "why message." If we can get this right, if we can establish a genuine reason to exist, we can outmaneuver our biggest rivals. Let's look at Sinek's story of how the Wright brothers beat a well-funded competitor.
The Wright brothers' most formidable competitor what Samuel Langley. He was funded by the War Department, had a seat at Harvard, and was connected to all the great minds of the day. So how come we've never heard of Samuel Langley?
The difference was, Orville and Wilbur were driven by a cause, by a purpose, by a belief. They believed that if they could figure out this flying machine, it'd change the course of the world.
Samuel Pierpont Langley was different. He wanted to be rich, and he wanted to be famous. He was in pursuit of the result. He was in pursuit of the riches.
And lo and behold, look what happened. The people who believed in the Wright brothers' dream, worked with them with blood and sweat and tears. The others just worked for the paycheck.
Further proof that Langley was motivated by the wrong thing: the day the Wright brothers took flight, he quit.
Who is your Langley? Which rival is better connected, better funded, or more respected? How might you best them with purpose and intensity?

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