Thomas Edison Inspiration

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Thomas Edison became one of the greatest inventors of all time. He strongly believed that his success (later in life) was not a result of being an intellectual: but rather a result of hard work.

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Thomas Edison Inspiration

  1. 1. Brought to you by www.dream-it-plan-it-do-it.com Part 5: Inspiring People
  2. 2. Home-schooled because of poor academic performance, Thomas Edison was never expected to impress anyone, and yet became one of the greatest inventors of all time. Many speculate his learning trouble was because Edison was partially deaf. He strongly believed that his success (later in life) was not a result of being an intellectual: but rather a result of hard work. Edison worked extremely hard, and at just twelve years old he became an entrepreneur – selling fruit, snacks and newspapers on a train. He even started printing his own newspaper, The Grand Trunk Herald.
  3. 3. As a teenager Thomas Edison trained as a telegraph operator. He was excellent at his job. During the Civil War he was asked to work for the Union Army. As a hobby Edison pulled things apart to see how they worked. His curiosity as to how mechanical systems work inspired him to create inventions of his own. Edison devoted great time and effort to his inventions, and after his first invention – the electric vote recorder – failed, he decided to devote more time and effort to his inventions, and so moved to New York. There he had his lucky break: improving the efficiency of the stock ticker. Shortly after, his company started manufacturing Edison’s innovation in New Jersey. This was the first of many successful inventions.
  4. 4. Edison and his employees were often forced to work through the night to create his works. The hard work paid off – two of Edison’s three greatest works were invented during that time. When Thomas Edison married his second wife, Mida, they bought an expansive house in New Jersey. He built a sizable laboratory that would later become as famous as Edison himself. Edison spent all his time in this lab, once working for three days straight – only taking short naps.
  5. 5. Edison truly believed that you were only as successful as the amount of work you are willing to put in, working until the day he died (18 October 1931) at the age of 84. Not only did he invent new products, but he also improved various others along the way. For example, he worked on the phonograph and X-rays several times. Although he will be remembered as a genius, Edison did not believe he was one, maintaining that you have to work hard to make your dreams a reality.
  6. 6. “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” “Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” “We often miss opportunity because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work”
  7. 7. “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to- itiveness; third, common sense.” “Failure is really a matter of conceit. People don't work hard because, in their conceit, they imagine they'll succeed without ever making an effort. Most people believe that they'll wake up some day and find themselves rich. Actually, they've got it half right, because eventually they do wake up.” References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Edis… http://www.thomasedison.com/ http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/edison.htm

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