There are as many reasons for people to create things as there are inventions. I often wonder what is it that makes innovators want to innovate. For example, take Coronel Sanders; he became interested in cooking as a boy after his father passed on. His mother had to go out and work and he was left in charge of feeding his siblings. Cooking became an everyday way of life for Sanders. Later on, he ran a gas station and served up his famous fried chicken at a nearby local dining room. He did not create his famous recipe for his southern fried chicken until he was 50 years old and the rest of the story is history.
Elvis Presley quickly made a name for himself not just as a musician but as an ace stage performer because of his electrifying presence in front of his audiences. His body movements and the way he rotated his hips and his arms while maintaining his balance while singing was legendary. He was considered so racy that he was almost thrown off the Ed Sullivan’s television show by the program’s censors who labeled his performance obscene and only allowed him to be filmed from the waist up.
John Z. De Lorean a troubleshooter for car manufacturers became a maverick when he up and quit his position after turning around General Motor’s Pontiac and Chevrolet divisions to start his own company. His imagination and determination produced a one of a kind stainless steel sports car. Why did he do it? Because some little boys want to grow up and drive fancy race cars, while others just want to design, build and sell them.
Barbie was born after Ruth Handler noticed that her daughter was assigning her paper dolls adult roles. Up until that time (1955) most dolls were mainly infants. While traveling in Europe she came across a grown figured female doll which she acquired and named Barbie after her daughter Barbara. Handler brought the prototype back to the States and with the help of an engineer revamped the model. Over 350,000 dolls were sold the first year of production. Barbie’s official birthday is March 9th 1959.
Each and every pioneer has their individual reasons for wanting to contribute something new and innovative. Some are inspired with a sudden flash of insight whereas; others come up with ideas because of their background. One thing that is certain is that all of these innovators were interested in breaking ground by bringing something fresh and original to the forefront for others to enjoy.