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5 Secrets of Thomas Edison’s Success

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Most of us know the story of Thomas Edison, his inventions and their relevance in our world today, several years after his death.

Did you know he arrived New York from Boston (USA) friendless, and heavily in debt due to his failed experiments in Boston? I stumbled on an old interview of his in which he shared the principles that caused him to succeed in life and business.

I have decided to share those principles with you, as they are still very true today as they were back then, and they help you immensely in your journey to success:

  1. Being broke and hungry is a blessing

When Thomas Edison was asked if he believed hunger, and lack can compel a person to achieve success, he said “It certainly makes him keep a sharp look out. I think it does push a man along.”

I totally agree with this statement. I too believe being broke and hungry is a blessing, as it pushes you to go the extra-mile to do anything legitimate to change your situation. (see The power of broke book by Daymond John)

So rather than complain about your present state, let it be the fire that you need to drive you to success.

  1. Be willing to put in long hours on your goals

How hard do you work on your dreams and goals? I find that most people lack the ability to spend enough time working on their dreams and goals. Folks working 8am – 4pm or 9am – 5pm will only earn you a living in most cases. If you want to build your business and bringing huge success, you must be willing to work longer than 5pm.

Thomas Edison said, for 15 years he worked for 20 hours a day. Now while that may be going to the extreme, that was how much time he had to give in order to be who he is to us, and carved his name in the tablet of immortality. Continue reading 5 Secrets of Thomas Edison’s Success

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Be Passionate

Everyone dead or alive who accomplished great things was a man or woman full of passion. They had an uncommon zeal and enthusiasm for their mission. Jesus was passionate. All through the gospels in the New Testament, we see examples of Him being moved by deep emotion to act, to heal, to raise up, to speak the word…even until the very end.

Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Steve jobs, and so many others whose works, ideals, lifestyle, beliefs are still influencing our world today even after their deaths, were people of passion. Passion lives on. Every man or woman whose name we hear today in sports, entertainment, business, leadership, religion etc are people who are passionate about the things they do.

You cannot be successful without living your life with passion. People with passion are self driven, upbeat, and self-motivated. They don’t wait for someone to come along and persuade or encourage them. If you want to live your greatest life, be at the very top of your calling, then you must have an “inspiring passion”. The kind of passion that makes you intensely committed to your ideas, beliefs, business, relationships, goals etc.

Apostle Paul said; “For is I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes woe is me if I do not preach”. 1 Corinthians 9:16

When I look at my life and my personal mission I can relate it to the words of Paul and tell you; I am passionate about my mission, about helping millions of people all over the world live their greatest lives, one person at a time. I don’t care whether I am paid. I don’t care if I am being encouraged or not. This is my passion. I am compelled to inspire and help others. It is what I am here for.

What are you passionate about? What stirs up your emotions? Go for it folks. Live your greatest life!