It more about hard work than ‘Eureka!’

The New York Times talks today about the process of innovation. The romantic stories of an idea coming to an inventor fully formed, like Athena out of the forehead of Zeus, are mostly just that: stories.  


Are we at the other extreme?  Do we assume that everybody knows developing new products and designs is made up of research, hard work and lots of iteration?  Like writing a song or a novel, it seems like a brilliant flash of inspiration to the person on the receiving end, but there’s really a whole bunch of hard work that went into it.

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