A person may make mistakes, but is not a failure until he or she starts blaming someone else. We must believe in ourselves, and somewhere along the road of life we will meet someone who sees greatness in us and lets us know it.
More than anyone else in history, Thomas Alva Edison is responsible for the modernworld in which we live in today. Born somewhat poor in 1847 to working class parents,two distinguishable elements of his person and life drove him to the trial and error of so many ideas and devices that lead to the 1,093 patents he eventually obtained.
When Thomas Edison was a youngster, his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. He was counseled to go intoa field where he mightsucceed by virtue of his pleasant personality.
Instrumental to him was thecommitment, dedication, and love of his mother Nancy, who took it upon herself to homeschool him when he began to be seen by elementary teachers asaddled, performing poorly in school. This construct was central to his thinking and learning habits.
His sheer determination to find the answer to an inventions problem, nomatter how many negative results were found through experimentation."I never quit until I get what Im after," he said. "Negative results are just what Im after. They are just as valuable to me as positive results."
When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experimentsbefore he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, "I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000-step process."
Mr. Edison also said, "The value of an idea lies in the using of it." What if lots of well meaning people with great ideas try something and it doesnt work? So they never try.But when Thomas Edison kept failing and failing and failing, he believed in what he was trying to accomplish and because of that, we no longer read or write by candle light.
Thomas Alva Edison answered the first question many years before theinternet was ever invented when he said "opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." In other words, most people are looking for an easy way to be successful.
Instead of looking for an easy way to make your dreams come true, keep it realand do the work. Edison also said, "genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percentperspiration." You probably know at least one person who has lots of great ideas, but would never sit down and put even one of those ideas to work.
Of course, there is a belief that geniuses are simply born gifted. However,Edison suggests that this is a myth and, in fact, every human being is capable of success. Therefore, it is possible for everyone to achieve his or her own brand of genius, whether that is an artistic talent, academic ability or practical skill.
When asked about his failure, Edison replied "I have not failed. Ive just found10,000 ways that wont work." Its too hard... Why not give up? You guessed it, Tom answered this one too when he said "many of lifes failures are people who did not realize how close there were to success when they gave up."
Thomas Edison was one of the original masters of positive spin. This positiveperspective is important when trying to achieve a goal. We all know that verylittle in life is easy to come by, so it is necessary to see setbacks in a healthy light. Importantly, failures are mistakes that can be learned from.
Have you ever come up with an idea that you thought might be a good one?Did you start thinking about it, then decide it was too complicated? Our good friend Mr. Edison made this very interesting observation. Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. Thats not the place to become discouraged.
You CAN be successful if you keep it real and remember what ourbuddy Thomas Alva said. "If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." Forget about get rich quick schemes, forget the easy way.
"Hell, there are no rules here - were trying to accomplish something." Thats not to suggest that Thomas Edison would have approved of law- breaking activities. However, many successful people did not reachtheir positions by playing by the rules. Certainly, you should never feel compelled by people who tell you that your aims are impossible.
Instead, roll up your sleeves, get in there and let something you enjoy become your success. Thomas Alva Edison had ideas. He put those ideas to work and brought them to life. And the world is a better place because he did.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only throughexperiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience whereyou really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you cannotdo. And remember, the finest steel gets sent through the hottest furnace.
A winner is not one who never fails, but one who never quits!In life, remember that you pass this way only once! Lets live life to the fullest and give it our best.
Thomas Edison was a man of high standards. The ability to convince himself of nofailure is an incredible human feat indeed. The utmost desire to fight for freedomis beyond societys expectation. What about you? Have you failed 10,000 times in your life or in your business? Did you quit or did you get back up to fight? Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn
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