“An inventor is simply a person who doesn’t take his education too seriously. You see, from the time a person is six years old until he graduates from college, he has to take three or four examinations a year. If he flunks one, he is out. But an inventor is almost always failing. He tries and fails maybe a thousand times. If he succeeds once, then he’s in. These two things are diametrically opposite. We often say that the biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.” – Charles F. Kettering
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Along with fellow Ohioan Thomas Edison, Kettering was one of the most successful inventors in history. He came to Dayton as one of John Henry Patterson’s honor roll of perceptive hires, and later founded Delco, which became a cornerstone of General Motors. He was also one of my childhood heroes.