115 years after the Wright brothers first arrived on the shores of Kitty Hawk, a beach off the coast of North Carolina that would eventually see man's first powered flight, we take a look at the lessons we can learn from one of the world's most famous duos.

1. Dream big

It's needless to say that no-one believed the Wright brothers would be able to fly, right? Even when they had achieved their first heavier than air flights the critics were sceptical. In Paris the Herald Tribune published the headline "FLYERS OR LIARS?" while even in the brothers' home town the papers weren't convinced. James M. Cox, publisher of the Dayton Daily News at the time said "Frankly, none of us believed it."

"Frankly, none of us believed it."

2. Your parents are (W)right

Wilbur and Orville Wright's parents had a big role to play in the achievement of heavier than air flight. They encouraged their sons to read and kept an extensive collection of books in their home. When Wilbur Wright was asked what advice he would give people he said: "Pick a good mother and father and grow up in Ohio".

3. Be thrifty

The Wright brothers avoided debt at all costs, especially as they knew that taking funding could create serious complications if their plans succeeded. Every cent of the $1,000 they spent building the glider, a tiny percentage of what other inventors had used, was their own hard earned cash. They kept costs down by making many of the things they needed themselves.

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4. Don't settle

Sometimes finding your calling takes time. The Wright brothers worked in a number of different industries before falling into engineering. They edited their own newspaper and ran a print shop, where they crafted their own printing presses, before opening a bicycle shop, where they carried out repairs and also sold new models they'd designed.

5. When life gives you lemons, invent the aeroplane

Wilbur Wright was a promising scholar and had his sights set on Yale. Unfortunately, after getting hit in the face during a game of ice hockey and suffering serious injuries, Wilbur spiralled into depression and gave up the idea of college to care for his ill mother, who later died of tuberculosis. Despite these setbacks Wilbur drew inspiration from his parent's vast library and soon became one of the most famous inventors in the world.


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