“I haven’t failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work”
~Thomas Alva Edison~
Recently I read an article about human greatest invention. I found that one of the greatest invention is the electric light (read the reference here). Well, it is true that the electric light has changed human life tremendously. Before it, we need to burn oil to produce light, but now, we can produce light by just with the flick of hand. However, some of you might not know the history of the light bulb invention. It was invented by Thomas Alva Edison in 1879 through thousands of experiments.
Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847. Born as a genius, Edison was despised by all his siblings. His curious question always deemed as stupid by his friends, and even by his parents. He loves to do experiments. He even did an experiment on a train where he work part-time, and he even burn the train. But all of these, never stop his passion to do experiment. Those hardwork is not gone for nothing. He got his first patent on telegraph, and the world started to realize that indeed, Edison is a smart guy.
When he started his experiment on electric light, once again, the people mock at him. Many people said that it is impossible for him to do it. But once again, he ignores all the negative thought, and keep on keeping on. The research wasn’t easy. Even his research team got discouraged and suggested to stop the experiment. Edison always answer them, we have not failed. We only found 10,000 ways that do not work. In the end of the day, Edison is right, he succeed to make the first electric light. The world marveled at his work. Lesson number one: perseverance is the key to success.
In 1876, he moved his research lab to Menlo Park, where he had dreamed since he was a child. Eventhough he already owns what a researcher should be happy of, he keep on improving his work. Lesson number two: don’t be complacent of what you have achieved. Always have the spirit of excellence.
His life after the shifting to Menlo Park was not easy at all. Several accident happened to him, and in 1878, he breathed his last breath. Only enjoying 2 years of his dreamland. Lesson number three: everything does not go as what you like. Be realistic and always live your life to the fullest whatever might happened.
Guys, sometimes we are just like Edison. We can not show our fullest potential because of our environment, because our friends around us always despised us. I believe that everyone of us are a genius in our own field. Some of you might be a genius in dancing, but your friends might mock you that your skill are useless. Guys, never let the negative impact affect you. You should make those negative comments about you as a motivation for you, as a milestone for you to step to higher level. Be persevere in every problems that you face, and have a good success!!!
~Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration~