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James Dyson is notable for invention of the  Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner

James Dyson is notable for invention of the  Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner

James Dyson notable for invention of the  Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner

James Dyson notable for invention of the  Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner

A lesson from James Dyson

26 December, 2011

i was aboard a flight with my dad from Lagos to Abuja , I settled finally in my seat, to catch some real sleep. I had eaten, read the  newspapers, but not quite ready to listen to any music. Flipping through the channels to see what to watch later, four  documentaries about entrepreneurship and fatal mistakes made caught my eyes. One was about Coca Cola changing their recipe, the other was about  a detergent manufacturer in the U.K adding too much chemical to bleach  out dirt, a third was about Cadbury enticing school kids to buy more  chocolate (in order to earn exercise equipment), and Dyson. Even though I watched all of them, my message today is about James Dyson.

James Dyson (born 2 May 1947) is a British industrial designer and  founder of the Dyson company,  and an inventor who has developed  products that have achieved sales of over $6 billion worldwide. Among his earlier inventions are flat bottomed boats called Sea Trucks  and ball barrows (wheelbarrows with a giant ball instead of wheels). More  recently public restroom users have enjoyed Dyson’s Air Blade hand  dryer. I find the story behind Dyson’s greatest commercial success, the  Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner, to be the most interesting. James used the knowledge gained designing an industrial cyclone tower in  1978 to build a vacuum cleaner that would require no bag at all. The  incredible part of the story is that this took Dyson 5 years and 5,127  (five thousand one hundred and twenty seven) prototypes to get it right. James could have given up at 5,126 prototypes or could have allowed  discouragement to divert his attention, but he kept going. If you had to advise James Dyson early at his 1000th or 3,000th  prototype, what would you have told him? Would you have advised him to  continue, or give up?At 5,127 prototypes the Dyson Dual Cyclone became the fastest-selling  vacuum cleaner ever made in the UK, outselling products from companies  that had rejected his idea.

The lesson, unless you have reached your destination of financial  independence, you must keep going, keep re-inventing yourself until you  succeed.

The Dyson in you is waiting.

Have a wonderful day.

Lekan Omodunbi Daniels is a Customer Care Consultant and an aspiring Human Resources Professional

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Posted March 13, 2012 by Lekan Daniels in Motivation

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