In 1639, a 20-year-old from a small village in North England, with the help of his two friends, became the first person to accurately predict the Transit of Venus – one of the rarest events in astronomy. This feat was no less audacious because it flew in the face of the predictions of most famous astronomer of the time (Kepler), in a period where witchcraft and magic were still widely held beliefs. These men were of modest but independent circumstances and completely autonomous in their research. In this single prediction they arguably paved the way for Newton’s discoveries, which revolutionised man’s understanding of the solar system. Imagine that!
Some of the greatest discoveries throughout history have been made by those bold enough to challenge conventions and question the status quo. Many of these pioneers weren’t professionals paid to find the next big thing, or those pursuing fame and fortune, they were the ones who did it for the love of it; to satisfy their own personal curiosity and passion. Armed with freedom, ambition and enthusiasm, they looked for the undiscovered in places and ways that others before them hadn’t.
This philosophy of constant questioning and self-directed learning is well documented amongst some of the most innovative and visionary minds the world has seen: from Sophocles and Leonardo Da Vinci to Steve Jobs.
Apparently all the great discoveries have now been made, but that doesn’t mean we should shy away from challenging what is and looking at ways to reinterpret and reimagine our world for the better – even in our own small corner.
Wine is my ‘small corner’ and I know there is potential to affect big improvements through small, well-considered decisions.
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious – Albert Einstein.