I was inspired to write the book Advantage by this little-considered fact:
Albert Einstein gave up his position in the patent office in 1909. What is noteworthy about this fact is another fact: in 1905 Einstein published four scientific papers that revolutionized physics. So, what did Einstein do in 1906 and 1907 and 1908? He worked in the patent office.
The physics community did not know how to react to this revolution at first. Perhaps this is what caused Einstein to later say: “If at first the idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it.”