“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future.” ~ Fulton Oursle

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

An Edison State of Mind

Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity, began where he stood to put his dream into action, and despite more than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality.
Practical dreamers do not quit.
Napoleon Hill 
Imagine what you could accomplish with such drive and motivation- the kind that Edison possessed. Where would we be without such drive in people such as him? Where might you be if you had it? Failure is a success in other ways. Each time he failed- it gave him knowledge though trial and error. He chose to take that last failure and use it as a learning step- to try something differently the next time. He literally FAILED thousands of times. I don’t need a thousand failures to feel de-motivated, insignificant and defeated. I only need few- sometimes- one failure can be quite enough to send me into a moping tailspin. I imagine the same is true for many others. Edison was undoubtedly ridiculed, mocked and some probably even thought he was crazy. However- he produced the results that those mocking around him never did. This goes to show that FAILURE- does not mean a thing. With the right attitude and the desire to take those failures as lessons learned for the next attempt. With drive anything is possible, if you have the ability to not be moved by the negativity around you- anything is possible.
This photo of Edison is going up on my vision board in both of my offices- work and home. It’s all I really need to recap this idea and keep the right thoughts in my mind.


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