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Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American Inventor and businessman who held a world record of 1,093 patents, he was dubbed ‘The Wizard Of Menlo Park’. He created the worlds first industrial research laboratory. He invented the light bulb, the motion picture camera, the phonograph, a stock ticker, a battery for electric cars, and numerous other inventions. Edison’s numerous inventions have influenced the world greatly.

But what you may not have known, is just how much Thomas Edison had experienced failure in his lifetime before becoming successful. I was listening to the late Greg Plitt’s speech on Edison recently. In which he explained that Edison had been labelled as retarded when he was just a child. He couldn’t speak until he was 4 years old. He was removed from school after being called retarded. He failed at every single job he had, until finally… Edison became a successful inventor. Greg touched on the point that it was perhaps because of his earlier life, that he stuck at inventing things for so long. All his life he’d experienced failure; so when he started failing with every invention he was trying to create at the time, it was just an average day to him. Hence, he kept on going because he loved what he did, and finally succeeded after failing over 1000 times. He was a man who persevered until he succeeded, and he didn’t stop until he got what he wanted. Most people just give up when things get tough, and remain where they are. May you be inspired by his quotes to persevere in all your endeavours in life so that you become an individual of success., 1 of 69, In list, 69 items