Well, today is Thomas Edison’s birthday, or as I like to call it, Edison’s Day. He was a really cool inventor. He might not be as popular as inventors like Tesla, Fulton, and the Wright Brothers, but I always thought he was pretty cool. See, invented the light bulb. Before that, if you wanted to see at night, you had to use a candle, or a gas light.
All totaled, he had a thousand patents. A patent is a legal document that gives you credit for inventing something. A lot of patents are just improvements on stuff that you already invented. But still, that’s a lot of inventions!
Here’s a few of his famous sayings:
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
There is no substitute for hard work.
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
And my personal favorite:
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
See, he was no smarter than you or I, he just worked really, really hard!