In 1802, with the help of Robert R. Livingston, Robert Fulton launched a small steam-driven paddleboat.Before that time—since the dawn of creation—humans had never traveled faster than the speed of the fastest horse or the fleetest ship under sail. In 1807, Fulton's ship, the Clermont, traveled from New York City to Albany, New York, in the remarkable time of thirty-two hours.Prior to that passage, this same journey took four days by sailing sloop. The voyage of the Clermont may well have been the most defining moment in the early Industrial Revolution and it gave birth to a period of unparalleled contributions by scientific and technical professionals to humankind's quality of life.Look how far we have come in two hundred years. It is a mind-boggling experience just to compare today's scientific and technological achievements with those of a mere twenty years ago, let alone comparing our current era with the entire scope of known history.
Is there an end to our scientific and technological capabilities? Who knows? If there is, we certainly are not yet close to approaching it. We are still in the embryonic stages of discovery and are nowhere near to reaching our full potential. As a scientific and technical professional, you must be dedicated to continuing to grow in your ability to communicate with the people around you if you are to reach your full potential and maximize your capabilities. Effective communication skills enhance your professional endeavors and also impact the quality of your personal life. Do not undermine your capabilities or diminish your overall success by clinging to poor communication methods. You are too good to allow yourself to be hindered by the inability or unwillingness to become an increasingly effective