The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes

Sometimes, a vision or goal seems insurmountable.

In 1901, the Wright Brothers and many other people around the world were racing to become the first to fly an aircraft heavier than air. The brightest minds of that generation had been thus far unable to crack the code. Flight testing was extremely dangerous, and many people died trying to fly gadgets that could never have possibly flown — not something you want to be the test pilate for.

Over and over, everyone who tried failed. This included large government funded projects, with all the resources of the United States behind them.

The scientific data on flight was flawed, and the Wright Brothers were on the brink of quitting their quest. Instead, they built a unique wind tunnel with special instruments they designed for measuring air flow. It was the first of its kind, and they were able to test the known assumptions about flight, and actually prove that some of the existing data was incorrect. By using the wind tunnel, a long and tedious process over several months, they were able to get more accurate data without having to risk their lives in real flight.

This small wind tunnel box changed everything. A scientist of the day remarked, “You are evidently more equipped to test the endless variety of curved surfaces than anybody has ever been.”

This wooden box with a glass window was the key that helped them unlock the secrets of flight, and we all know the story of how they were eventually successful.

“The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.”- Goethe

Are you like me in that sometimes a vision or goal in life may seem insurmountable?

Often times, when something is too hard or seems impossible, we may be operating off of bad data. There is likely a tool or a key that can help us unlock the answer. It’s waiting, there for the finding.

That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but it might mean it is possible.


This is part of 7 weeks of daily writing while I’m less mobile, recovering from surgery. This day #24 of 49. The last post was: