Take Go for example. Its creators helped a lot of people to write easier network software. Maybe they even would have preferred another syntax, but got over that and just used a syntax that most programmers would perceive as familiar and easy to learn. To me there is a lesson in this too.
Also this is an interesting text about the subject
(And I love Clojure, Ocaml, Factor, Lisp, Erlang... so really the lesson is for me)