The same can be said for any successful scientist, technologist, or innovator. What matters is the ability to see a problem clearly, combined with the talent to solve it. Both of those tasks are generally defined, however unglamorously, as work. Epiphany, for all its graces, is largely irrelevant because it can’t be controlled. Even if there existed an epiphany genie, granting big ideas to worthy innovators, the innovators would still have piles of rather ordinary work to do to actualize those ideas. It is an achievement to find a great idea, but it is an even greater achievement to successfully use it to improve the world.
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