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Edwin Land

Neither organisms nor organizations evolve slowly and surely into something better, but drift until some small change occurs which has immediate and overwhelming significance. The special role of the human being is not to wait for these favorable accidents, but deliberately to introduce the small change that will have great significance.

Edwin H. Land, “Generation of Greatness”

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October 5, 2016 at 7:30 am

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There’s a tremendous popular fallacy which holds that significant research can be carried out by trying things. Actually it is easy to show that in general no significant problem can be solved empirically, except for accidents so rare as to be statistically unimportant. One of my jests is to say that we work empirically—we use bull’s eye empiricism. We try everything, but we try the right thing first!

Edwin Land

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November 18, 2014 at 7:30 am

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My whole life has been spent trying to teach people that intense concentration for hour after hour can bring out in people resources they didn’t know they had.

Edwin Land, founder of Polaroid

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November 20, 2013 at 7:30 am

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My motto is very personal and may not fit anyone else or any other company. It is: Don’t do anything that someone else can do. Don’t undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.

Edwin Land, founder of Polaroid

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November 1, 2011 at 7:46 am

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