Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park" by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S. patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany. He is credited with numerous inventions that contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. Edison originated the concept and implementation of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories - a crucial development in the modern industrialized world. His first power plant was on Manhattan Island, New York.
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Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.
Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
There is far more opportunity than there is ability.
There is no substitute for hard work.
To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.
We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything.
Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.
All bibles are man made.
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Many years ago I was a Special Forces soldier in 1 Commando Company. The training staff would get us wet, cold, hungry and tired then have us do weapons drills, ambush drills, contract drills, platoon quick attacks etc. over and over, and over, and over, and over so it became instinctive. When Commandos engage the enemy they know the weapons perfectly and can clear a jammed weapon in their sleep. Their reactions and infantry minor tactics are instinctive. No matter how much $h!t happened (and an awful lot of $h!t happens on a battle field when people are trying to kill you) they work together as a team because they have done so much training in the fundamentals.
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