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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
He was unstoppable. On his 80th birthday he announced the formation
of a company to do research to develop rubber. He was relentless.(http://www.freshministry.org/illustrations.html)
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.
Passion leads people to places they wouldn’t ordinarily go to
accomplish things ordinary people won’t. If Daniel wasn’t passionate
about his faith, he never would have slept with the lions. If David
wasn’t passionate about his God, he wouldn’t have walked into battle with
a Giant carrying five smooth stones. And if Jesus wasn’t passionate
about following the will of the Father, he wouldn’t have journeyed from
the Garden to the cross.
Passion doesn’t necessarily lead people into comfortable circumstances,
but it does drive them to seize their destinies.
What are you passionate about?
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