America’s Greatest Inventor - Wizard Of Menlo Park.



Today, many people switch their light bulb and they see light, but only a few has sought for the existence of this wonder, how an electric current you can’t see produce such a bright light. How did it come into existence?
Thanks to Thomas Alva Edison we’re able to use electricity in our homes, to power our light bulbs and other electronic appliances. Thomas Alva Edison is regarded as America’s greatest inventor. He was self-educated and still in his lifetime, he held 1,093 US patents in his name, among others in UK, France and Germany. Some of his inventions include: electric light and power, sound recording device, phonograph, stock ticker, mechanical vote recorder, a battery for electric car, motion pictures etc.


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HISTORY:

Born, February 11, 1847 at Milan Ohio US and died, October 18, 1931[Age 84], Thomas Edison was the seventh and last child born to his parents. He attended school for a few months and was instead later taught by his mother, Nancy Matthews Elliot. “There’s a book for every problem”

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Edison read books on his own, to improve himself. He didn’t give in to self-pity. Much of his education came from reading R.G. Parker’s “School of Natural Philosophy” and “The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art”. Edison understood the principle in the quote mentioned above. He knew that since he didn’t get a formal education, he can’t keep up with the competition outside if he doesn’t do something to improve himself. Many a time, what we keep searching outside is within us, find it!
Though Edison developed hearing problems at a very tender age, caused by scarlet fever and recurring untreated middle-ear infections, he was not deterred by it. Instead, he coined a story for it. You don’t beat up yourself about the past, instead you brace up; do something today, plan your tomorrow.


HOW DID HE START?

Edison started off, at a very tender age, as a candy, newspapers and vegetable seller on trains running from Port Huron to Detroit. At age 16, he worked briefly at the “Grand Trunk Railway, Stratford” as a telegraph operator. While still on the job, he studied qualitative analysis and conducted chemical experiments on the train. He didn’t allow his big picture to die. He ventured into a long streak of entrepreneurial businesses as he discovered his talents as a businessman, which made him to found fourteen (14) companies in his lifetime.

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Edison began his career as an inventor in Newark, New Jersey. In 1877, Edison made an invention that first gained him wider notice, the phonograph. This phonograph, which had the abilities to record and play voice recordings, gained him the title “The Wizard of Menlo Park”, in New Jersey.
His major innovation was the first industrial lab, which was built in Menlo Park, was built with the funds from the sale of Edison’s quadruplex telegraph. It was bided by Western Union for $10,000, which he accepted gladly because he planned to sell it for $4000 or $5000. But his major invention was the electric bulb. Edison conducted 1000 failed experiments before he could come up with the light bulb, that’s what John Maxwell called “FAILING FORWARD”. 

What’s your thought?

That’s the greatest number of failures I have ever heard of in my entire life. Edison had a very dogged attitude, he never gave up, and today we’re able to see brightly in a dark room all because someone at a time refused to give up. Why then do you want to give up? I mean can you still continue on a course when you’ve seen failure over and over again? Now this is the truth that you may never accept, Edison never failed an experiment. I seem crazy, right? What’s this dude saying? Is he not contradicting himself? He just said “Edison conducted 1000 failed experiments before he could come up with the light bulb.” Now let me show my reason for saying such.
Edison never failed an experiment, he learned each experiment. Doubt that? Hear what Thomas said "I have not failed. I've just found 1,000 ways that won't work.". Don’t you wonder what kind of attitude Edison possessed? If truly he saw it as failure, how can someone repeat failure, gladly, 1000 times? He didn’t see each experiment the way we’re doing today, he saw each experiment as a platform for learning. He understood that learning is a continuous process and for him to achieve anything, he has to keep to the process. Then, BOOM! Light bulb was brought into existence.
When you don’t do well in something, you must be missing out on something; don’t beat up yourself about it, just change your attitude, change your perception, look outside the box. There is something you alone can initiate, you just need to find it. You might be the one to invent a teleporting machine, the easiest way to solve a problem, a cure to an “incurable disease”, and you’re busy convincing yourself why you can’t do such, wallowing in self-pity. 
Get out of it and take up responsibility. Restructure your Attitude, and you’ll see the light in the darkness. Learning is a process, initiate it and you can achieve ANYTHING!
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Hey there! I'm Stanley Solar. A lover of inspiration and motivation. Stanley is a content writer, proficient inspirational speaker, blogger, and currently a university undergraduate who is inspired to help people come out of ignorance and psychological restraints.