Thomas Alva Edison was born 1847 as the last of seven children in Ohio. After he was taken from the school (probably because of financial reasons respectively other sources say that his teacher insulted him as a hollow head) his mother teached him and woke up the passion about books inside of him . He was already very business-minded in his early years when he selled newspapers and sweets in a train at the age of 12. A few years later he started an education as a telegraph with 16.
Then his inventor career began whith 21 when he registered his first invention, an electro technical voice counter. But there was no demand for that invention, so just one year later he developed a telegrafical exchange ticker. There was a big demand for this invention and after that he knew how to value the usefulness and possibilty based on the market situation to sell an invention.
But his biggest registered patent he is well known for was the lightbulb. He didn’t invented it but developed and registered the lightbulb patent 1880. Edison is also responsible for the construction of the first electro energy distribution system one year later what was the trigger amongst other things for the following worldwide electrification.
Although he is also well known for as a ruthless marketer of his ideas but when you want to concentrate on his succes you have to say that he was one of the biggest inventors of the 19th century and one of the richest people on the planet. Altogether he registered over 1000 inventions as patents in his life time.
Asked for the secret of his success he meant that you shouldn’t let yourself discourage from detours and the endurance at the execution of your ideas.
There’s another inspiring story about his life. It happened in december 1914 when his house was burned down to the ground. At this moment he was 67 years old and most of Edison’s life work was destroyed. His 24-years-old son Charles looked for him and found him standing apart of the fire when the fire was at its climax. He was standing there calm and relaxed.
One day later he took a look at the rest of his burned down house and said: ”Such an disaster is something great. All our mistakes and errors have burned down and now we have the possibility to start at the scratch.”
Three weeks after the fire he presented the first phonograph.
Here are some of my favourite inspiring Thomas Edison quotes:
”I have not failed, I’ve just found 10.000 ways that won’t work.”
”Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
”I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”
”Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
”If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”
”I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”
”Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.”
More parts of this series:
Part 1: Will Smith’s Philosophy
Part 2: Stephen King’s Inspiring Way To Success
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