if you (can) build a better mousetrap

if you (can) build a better mousetrap

cliché If you can innovate and improve upon some existing object, concept, or design (then you will be rewarded with fame, riches, and admiration). Allegedly derived, but likely misquoted, from a speech by Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is often rendered as "if you (can) build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door." The promise of capitalism has always been alluring. If you can build a better mousetrap, you'll have everything you ever hoped for and more. The young entrepreneur's revolutionary technology has made him a household name throughout the world. After all, if you build a better mousetrap, the world beats a path to your door.
See also: better, build, if, mousetrap
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