Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Greg Satell
6 min readDec 11, 2021
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Chester Carlson must’ve seemed like a hopeless dreamer. Working in the patent department at Bell Labs, he wrote down hundreds of ideas, the vast majority of which never amounted to anything. He was eventually fired from his job and went through a few more after that. Chester wasn’t the type of man satisfied with the mundane, everyday.

There was one idea, however, that would keep his interest. He worked on it for…

Greg Satell

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