#MondayMotivation: Thomas Edison on the Power of Perseverance

An important key to personal success is perseverance. You will inevitably face obstacles along the road to success. Achieving your goals will require overcoming each obstacle, learning from it, and continuing to move forward along your path.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time,” Thomas A. Edison famously said. Edison understood well the meaning of perseverance. Although receiving over 1000 United States patents, some of his most notable inventions took considerable dedication to achieve.
One of his most groundbreaking inventions, the incandescent lightbulb, required thousands of tests between 1878 and 1880. Edison tried multiple combinations of materials unsuccessfully.  About his many tests, Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Edison was ultimately successful in producing a bulb with a carbon filament that was the first commercially practical electric-powered light source. He then patented a system for electric power distribution to illuminate his newly developed bulbs and founded an electric utility in New York City that generated and delivered DC-current electricity to customers in lower Manhattan. However, the AC-current power distribution system championed by competitor Westinghouse ultimately proved more commercially viable because the power could travel greater distances from where it was generated.

Nonetheless, Edison’s inventions in electrical lighting, generation, and distribution ushered in the industrialization of the Twentieth Century. Add to that, Edison and his team developed motion pictures, the fluoroscope, the stock ticker, and other inventions. He also had other business interests, such as mining, and rubber. Thomas Edison’s perseverance resulted in innovations that, quite literally, changed the world.

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