Advice for young inventors

In an interview with Red Herring, Dr Robert Dennard, the pioneer of what we know of as memory chips, was asked the following:

Q: What advice do you give to young inventors today?

A: I would say that first of all, education in science and technology—getting that kind of foundation—is very important. With that in mind, the next most important thing is attitude. The idea being: Why not really work on developing new things that change the world?

I find it fascinating that many of my fellow young people are so focused on getting a job as a lawyer or doctor or engineer, without really thinking about the whole world, and how they can best contribute something of value… this isn’t about deluding yourself into being something that you’re not, rather it’s about giving your best, rather than settling for less.