What can Edison teach us about motivation?
How to make the most out of possibilities?
Thomas Edison inspires me for his vision and conviction to his beliefs. He flowed with motivation and persistence. Without it, the light bulb would never been his to discover. The light bulb that he invented went through 10,000+ iterations before his vision was finally realized.
“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t”
Edison personifies motivation and persistence:
It is easy for us to think at what Edison went through after the first failure, the second failure and the third. The easy thing would be to quit and say, “It cannot be done.” But, that was not in Edison’s DNA – quit was not in his vocabulary. On the other hand, Edison was unwavering in his personal conviction that that the light bulb will be invented.
How to apply Edison’s motivation on our lives…
In our lives, we must first search for what we believe in and build personal goals around these beliefs. These goals need to be very short term (days), short term (weeks) and longer term goals (months and years). The most important goal is the first one! That goal must be very short term and attainable. This builds momentum to solidify your convictions. From there, motivation builds and your subsequent goals can be more lofty.
Once you define your goals, the important part comes, show an unwavering conviction to attain these goals. Because these goals are aligned to your beliefs and your beliefs must be where you find your greatest source of motivation. Only then will you become fulfilled and attain success, in however way you define it.