Thomas Edison – I’m sure you’ve heard of Thomas Edison and all the inventions he created. He’s actually known as one of the most prolific inventors in history holding 1,093 U.S. patents as well as a lot of patents in the UK, France and Germany. When Thomas was 4 he was sent home from school with a note. The note told his mother that he was to remove his son from school because he was “too stupid to learn”. Thomas’ mother decided to teach him herself. He only had 3 months of formal schooling yet went on to create numerous inventions like the phonograph. He was also partially deaf in one ear. Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity, began where he stood to put his dream into action, and despite more than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality. Practical dreamers do not quit! He learnt this watching a spider which fell several times but was persistent to stand up every time it fell eventually to build a wonderful web. Tests and adversities are the part and parcel of our lives. What matters is what we become after we go through the tests. Will we burn away like paper? Or, will we become better and brighter like Gold? Which becomes more lustrous after passing the fire test? They say, ‘it’s not about how many times you fall, it’s all about how many times you stand up’. While we agree with this completely, let us unearth another important dimension, “It’s not about how many times you stand up, it’s also about how quickly you stand up” The next time you fall, your goal is just not to raise but to raise quickly as a very new person… image courtesy:

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