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In his 84 years, Thomas Edison patented over a thousand inventions. He is most famous for inventing the light bulb, but made more money off the alkaline battery.
Edison was a bulldog, unwilling to accept failure as a final outcome to his efforts. Before he successfully invented the alkaline battery, he failed 9000 times! Edison credited his success to hard work. "Genius is one percent inspiration," Edison said, "and 99 percent perspiration." No one will debate the fact that Edison was a hard worker. He built a laboratory beside his vacation home in Fort Myers, FL and he is known for sleeping very little.
He was unstoppable. On his 80th birthday he announced the formation of a company to do research to develop rubber. He was relentless. (From Fresh Illustrations)
Why did he work so hard? Was it determination? Was it will power? Was it discipline? No. I believe the key to Edison's success was his PASSION to invent. Determination, discipline and will power will only take a person so far, but passion is unstoppable!
Great people have passion-a force that consumes their lives and directs
their energy. They are not always the strongest or the brightest of their
peers, but they consistently outperform them. Their greatness cannot be
explained by their education, privileges or talents, because their accomplishments
always exceed their abilities. They are driven. Not by the spirit of competition
or self-discipline, but by passion. This morning, you'll discover the origin
of that passion. And, if you are willing to pay the price, you could leave
on the path to greatness.
Saul of Tarsus was a man who kept his shoes shined and his brass polished. He played by all the rules and
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