A man who knows that well is Tim Leatherman, the inventor of the Leatherman Tool. That’s a pair of pliers with additional tools stored in the handles, like screwdrivers, a saw, wire cutters, and a bottle opener. It’s like a Swiss Army knife that converts into a tool belt.
Tim came up with the idea during a vacation to Europe in 1975. Travelling on a budget, he rented the cheapest car he could afford. It broke down repeatedly throughout the trip. Unfortunately, Tim was armed with nothing but a pocketknife. When he returned home, those troubles inspired him to create a multi-tool that would be useful in all kinds of situations.
But success didn’t come easy. Tim spent three years building his first prototype, then another five years pursuing his first sale. After nearly a decade with nothing to show for his inspiration and hard work, one store finally agreed to make a small order. That was in 1983. Since then, the Leatherman has become one of the most popular multi-tools money can buy.
Whether your dream is to build a strong career, a strong marriage, or a child with strong character, success will take time, patience, and determination. Don’t give up. Stick with it. Stay on the path to success until you wake one day to discover that your dreams have come true.