Honey Dragon

July 25, 2006

The Bumblebee Cannot Fly..

Filed under: Inspirations, Lessons — honeydragon @ 6:51 am


Aerodynamically, the bumblebee cannot fly – and yet it keeps flying!

The bumblebee’s body is too heavy and its wings span too small – and yet it flies!

One wins success by believing one can.

The person who succeeds in life is the person who thinks he/she can.

Every accomplishment – big or small – begins with the belief “I can!”


Photo courtesy of Mark Holmes



  1. This post gave me strength. I’m contemplating on doing something different with my life.

    I’m so glad that this little post is of some help.. 😉

    I wish you the very best in your new quest.. 🙂

    Comment by Che-Cheh — July 25, 2006 @ 10:49 am

  2. Hey i didn’t know bumblebee cannot fly….

    I only found out about it recently..

    mmm..deep meaning, nevertheless this entry made me see things that i’ve never even thought about. thanks for this wonderful insightful post.

    I’ve learned that many people give up just when they are about to achieve success.. I don’t want to be like them.. hence I posted my thoughts.. I’m glad you like this post.. 🙂

    Comment by Gab — July 26, 2006 @ 4:29 pm

  3. You seem to be another FOOL who has joined the “BumbleBee-Cannot-Fly” Brigade.

    Pls go thru this link:

    But how did the myth about bees not being able to fly start?

    When does the story date back to? J McMasters states that the story was prevalent in the German technical universities in the 1930s, starting with the students of the aerodynamicist Ludwig Prandtl at G6ttingen. The story goes that a noted Swiss aerodynamicist, whom McMasters does not name, was talking to a biologist at dinner. The biologist asked about the flight of bees and the Swiss gentleman did a “back-of-the-napkin” calculation of the kind I described earlier, assuming a rigid, smooth wing and so on. Of course, he found that there was insufficient lift and went off to find out the correct answer.
    In the meantime, the biologist put the word around that bees could got fly, presumably to show that nature was greater than engineering, and the media picked up the story. The truth, then as now, wasn’t newsworthy, so a correction was never publicized. The people I meet, therefore, continue to tell me that science is a load of crock because it once proved that bumblebees cannot fly. And they will not hear otherwise, especially not from a scientist.

    Comment by Indian — October 31, 2007 @ 7:23 pm

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    Comment by oveliahealk — October 29, 2008 @ 4:50 am

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