“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
I couldn’t write about Thomas Edison without mentioning probably his most famous quote. It is used in almost every sales or business training on the planet. If you find yourself in the same daily, monthly, or yearly routine, and hoping that things will be different, you are insane. Unless you plan on winning the lottery or magically getting a new job handed to you, why should this month or this year be any different than the last? As Edison put it, “you’re insane.” If you want a different outcome to your circumstances, you need to do something different. It might mean making a minor tweak to your daily routine, or making a major change. I see people all the time hoping for change, and the reality is that change is not going to happen. For a change to occur, the first thing that has to change is you. Change the way you speak to yourself. Change the way you speak to others. Maybe you need to make your intentions public? Not to the world, but to those you are close with.
Before his death in 1931, Edison had his name on 1,093 patents in all, thus making him one of the most well respected inventors in history. As well as the inventions I mentioned above, he helped invent or improve the typewriter, the telegraph, and the first electric motor. He made numerous improvements on the X-ray tube and invented the machine that crushed the rocks down to a fine powder and discovered that crystals of Calcium Tungstate were highly fluorescent to the X-ray. His advances he made in the telecommunications industry and the power industry forever changed the world.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
Thomas Edison knew how important his public words were. He knew how powerful the words he spoke privately to himself were as well. He proved over and over again that What You Say is What You Get.
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