The Segway is dead. Long live the Segway.
It's the end of an era.
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Once touted as "the next big thing" the makers of Segway are ending production of their flagship product, and I can't say I'm terribly surprised. I personally thought Segways were extinct already. They never quite made the splash they were supposed to make.
Segway was first brought to market in 2001, and the creator assured everybody that it would be a massive success. In fact, Segway planned to sell as many as 100,000 units in the first 13 months of production. Yet in reality, in the last 19 years, the company only ever sold around 140,000 units. Total.
Here's what I want you to take away from this:
It's OK to fail.
It's OK if the business idea you had didn't pan out. It's OK if your product flops.
It's OK if during these last few months you've had to put your personal development on hold because you simply needed to stay sane.
Failure is a great thing. Failure builds character. Failure informs future decisions, and failure makes it possible to grow. I have learned and grown far more from my failures than I have from my successes.
Failure teaches you what not to do, and what to do differently. You can bet that business schools across the country will use Segway as a case study of how to approach product development, how to assess market fit, and how to scale.
Don't for a minute think that your failures are isolated and failures never happen to successful people. Successful people happen because of failures.
And with that, let's segue into today's post.
On This Day
1441: Eton College was founded by Henry VI as "Kynge's College of Our Ladye of Eton besyde Windesore." Eton is a private boarding school for boys aged 13-18.
1453: Italian navigator and explorer John Cabot claimed Eastern Canada on behalf of King Henry VII of England. Cabot mistakenly thought he found Asia. Historians believe that Cabot landed at Cape Breton Island or mainland Nova Scotia.
1509: Henry VIII was crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey. On the same day in 1540 Henry VIII commanded his 4th wife Anne of Cleaves to leave court.
1901: Pablo Picasso's first major exhibit opened in Paris. He was a mere 19 years old. Picasso began exhibiting when he was 13, but his exhibit on June 24th 1901 was his first major solo show at a commercial gallery. The show was organised by French art dealer Ambroise Vollard who also supported Van Gogh, Renoir, and Cézanne.
I am in a funky mood, and I'm just jamming to some great hits from back in the day like September by Earth Wind and Fire. If you want to start your day dancing, this is the jam.
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Interesting things you probably missed.
Teddy Bears take to the Swings
Like most amusement parks, the Walibi Holland Theme Park has been closed because of COVID, yet some staff members didn't want the rides to go to waste.
Enter giant teddy bears.
The Delicious Significance of Turmeric
Turmeric has always been a much-loved spice in my house, thanks in no small part to my curry obsession, and my fondness for cozy turmeric lattes. I became even more fanatical after witnessing the phenomenal health effects it has had on my 80+ year old grandfather. He has always eschewed doctors, but is obsessed with turmeric after it's made him feel more energetic, reduced his pain, and even helped his skin cancer clear up.
I personally have been partial to holistic medicine after Western medicine failed to help my chronic illness, yet so many herbs and home remedies did. Turmeric has been part of the mix for me, too, largely due to its anti inflammatory properties.
Instagramming Millennials discovered turmeric and quickly helped elevate turmeric from a delicious spice that rounds out a dish to one that possesses almost magical properties.
If you're curious to learn more about the origins and significance of turmeric in Indian cuisine, click here to dive in.
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2. Curious about the hype around iOS 14? Here's a video of everything that's new in iOS 14.
3. Charter, who operates Spectrum (my profoundly horrible internet service), wants the FCC to let them cap customer's data usage. When asked by Ars Technica if they are going to start doing this, Charter said they don't plan to, but they want the option. (So, of course they will if they can.)
4. Netflix is rebooting Unsolved Mysteries and the first trailer just dropped. Would you watch? Let me know in the comments.
6. Another painting was destroyed during a botched restoration. It is completely unrecognisable now. Comically so, in fact.
Photo of the Day
Abbaye royale d'Hautecombe by Gerard Carron.