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I NEVER HAVE TO WORK, YOU SAY?

You have a masterpiece inside you, too, you know. One unlike any that has ever been created, or ever will be. And remember: If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it. Only you.

—GORDON MACKENZIE

THE BIG IDEA: DO WHAT YOU LOVE

You’ve probably spent countless sleepless nights wondering why Samuel Pierpont Langley failed in his effort to build the first working airplane or why Clarence Chamberlin or Richard Byrd didn’t win the Orteig Prize by making the first nonstop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris.

No? Not even one sleepless night wrestling with those questions?

That’s OK. But these two aviation history stories have something in common ...

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