“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” — Edison
Thomas Edison worked 20 hours per day for almost 15 years. Later in life he worked what he considered “loafing hours” averaging some 15 hours per day. When one of his inventions failed, he worked continuously for 60 hours until the problem was solved and then slept for the next 30 hours.
Edison was obviously an intelligent, driven guy to begin with, but when you factor in his work ethic of forethought and non-idle purpose, unaltered by modern-day social network distractions, you can somewhat understand how Edison was able to accomplish so much.
Thomas Alva Edison was born, in 1847, in Milan, Ohio, and grew up in Port Huron, Michigan. Edison lived 84 years, 8 months and 7 days and during that time he achieved 2,332 patents worldwide and 1,093 in the United States. He has been described as America’s greatest inventor.
“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” Edison once said. Clearly Edison understood we are all capable of a greater performance in life.
What could you do if you worked with focus, forethought, planning, intelligence and honest purpose?
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