3M one of life’s best lessons

10 01 2008

Where would libraries be without 3M? Does a day ever pass when a library operates without using a 3M product?

It turns out I made a mistake in my previous post. I have since fixed it, but I don’t mind admitting to it. Why? Because it is okay to make mistakes. It’s how we learn.   

Here’s a perfect illustration of how learning from one’s mistakes can lead to success. Click on the excerpt below to discover the fascinating and often bizarre evolution of 3M.

“The birth of 3M sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: A lawyer, a doctor, two railroad execs, and a meat market owner form a company in 1902 in Two Harbors, Minn., expecting to get rich….”  

So what does this have to do with The Hub?  Think of us as the 3M of library advocacy.  We’re here to try out different ideas,  ours and yours.  We’re not sure what exactly is needed to succeed, so we’ll be trying different strategies.  If you have any ideas, then you are welcome to join in.  In the words of 3M’s director of manufacturing, “Every idea should have a chance to prove its worth, and this is true for two reasons: (1) If it is good, we want it; (2) if it is not good, we will have purchased peace of mind when we have proved it impractical.”