Science and business are not two topics that ordinarily operate in sync. But this episode of LESSONS from LEADERS focuses on the achievements of an extraordinary man.
Lonnie Johnson's name might jog something in your memory that makes you smile. That's because he's the acknowledged inventor of the Super Soaker a powerful water gun that, at one time, was the best selling toy in the world.
This podcast allows Lonnie the opportunity to explain why something that became so well liked took ten years to go from concept to the cash register. Along the way he tells stories about his time as an inventor rocket scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; a nuclear engineer for international space programs that are still receiving data and a teenager nicknamed "the professor" who built a functioning robot in his mother's Alabama kitchen.
This podcast will let you hear stories about a man who is humble but fiercely self assured. This Hall of Fame inventor has faced challenges that would stop most people from reaching their life's potential. Nothing has fazed him, which is why he has been able to secure funding for an engine that uses waste heat for power and a battery that has no moving parts.
Lonnie Johnson's story of taking the time to learn hard lessons in business is a blueprint for other inventors and many other creatives. What he takes the time to share is invaluable information.