Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

In world war I, intelligence from reconnaissance planes was going to win the war. But there was no reliable way to shoot enemy aircraft down. 

Hitting airplanes from the ground was too difficult.

And firing an automatic weapon from the nose of a plane was impossible without hitting your own propellers.

Bullets usually shot the blades to pieces. And when they didn’t, the bullets bounced back off the blades into the pilot’s face.

To make aerial combat possible, the revolving of the propellers and the firing of the gun had to be synchronised.

A task that would make anyone want to pull their hair out.

While an automatic weapon fires a fixed number of rounds a minute. A propeller revolves based on the throttle setting and whether the aircraft is climbing, flying level, or diving.

Put simply, propellers constantly whirl at differents speeds.

The first to unify erraticly spinning blades with the steady firing of a gun was Anthony Fokker.

Matching a constant rain of bullets with an inconstantly moving propeller was impossible, so Fokker switched the gun to single fire mode.

Fokker understood that if the propeller could pull the trigger right as a blade passed by the gun muzzle, the bullet would safely shoot through the propellers.

Many months of prototyping later, and voilà.

Aerial combat was born.

And it was born out of necessity.

So when you don’t have enough resources, manpower or experience to finish a project.

Get creative.

Less may not sound attractive, but it’s good at forcing you to make due with not enough.

Consider the tools prisoners make behind bars. 

With their homemade glue, airbrushes and soldering guns, inmates even give MacGyver a run for his money

Constraints force you to think on your feet.

So next time you’re feeling uncreative, box yourself in and see where it leads you.

It may not win you a war, but it might advance your career.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach