Marshall Medoff, as interviewed here by 60 Minutes’ journalist Lesley Stahl. Instead of choosing the route of MIT or Stanford labs to pursue a career in science he sought out Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond, to reflect how, in his words, to “save the world by transforming inedible plant life into environmentally friendly fuel in a clean and cost effective way”. He buried himself away in seclusion for more than 15 years without financial support in a garage at a storage facility in the middle of nowhere and dedicated himself completely to his work.
“Medoff's remarkable invention, releases plant sugars that he's now using to make products he claims will solve some of the world's most intractable problems, affecting not just the environment but also our health. One of the plant sugars is called xylose and Medoff says it could reduce obesity and diabetes, since it is consumable, and low in calories.”
I love his credentials, he believed in himself. He “never had any doubts that he would get it done.”
He went to Nature to reflect. His idea that other people were failing because “they were trying to overcome nature instead of working with it” is a fascinating example of intuition … And also instead of going outward to find prestigious people in him and his idea, he just did it, but first going very, very deeply inward.
A truly inspirational life Line and Shape … I’d have to include elements of nature for this design … Water, trees, and solitude …