To me it seems that if we don't find the Higgs Boson (even though I figure we likely will) it would almost be an even greater leap in physics/science.

My reasoning is simple. If we (humanity) have managed to accomplish all we have using an incorrect model. (As far as I understand the standard model runs into significant problems if the higgs doesn’t exist?) Then we are much more likely to really start "getting it" after realizing that we are wrong and taking a new approach.

On the other hand, let me ask someone smarter than me. What is the next step, lets say we find the higgs, (please excuse my ignorance) but what are the practical applications of this? I haven’t heard anyone discuss it but there must be many.

I'm pretty much just rambling but would appreciate any comments.

PS: Anyone who thinks the plane will not take off, please reframe from posting a response to my question.