Lessons learned from the Eiffel Tower

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What We Can Learn From The Eiffel Tower
Scott Berkun
31 March 2016

Scott Berkun recounts some of the history behind the Eiffel Tower as a way to highlight a few useful lessons: “All ideas are made from other ideas,” “Conviction moves ideas forward,” “Even the best ideas meet resistance,” “Long term commitments make history.”  For those struggling with the development of new ideas he encourages digging “deeper into the surprising history of the major ideas in your own field.”

Of course even a faithful application of those lessons learned is no guarantee of success.  When success is elusive, it’s useful to remember the expression that Randy Pausch popularized in his famous Last Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, “experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.”  And I hope someone is remembering to record the “surprising history” of the development of MARC, RDA, and BIBFRAME.


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