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100 More Great Leadership Ideas by Jonathan Gifford

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The idea

James Dyson became obsessed with the idea of a new kind of vacuum cleaner based on cyclonic separation, famously producing 5,126 prototypes before deciding that he was satisfied with the 5,127th attempt.

‘I’d seen an industrial sawmill, which uses something called a cyclonic separator to remove dust from the air,’ Dyson told Inc. magazine. ‘I thought the same principle of separation might work on a vacuum cleaner. I rigged up a quick prototype, and it did. I became obsessed. It took five years of doing nothing but making and testing prototypes. ...

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