Edison Doesn’t Have a Patent on Legacy

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration,” Thomas Edison often said. A few years into serious writing, and I can’t agree more.

I recently visited Thomas Edison and Henry Ford’s winter estates, in Ft. Myers, Florida. To say I was inspired would be an understatement.

How can you not admire a man who patented more inventions than any other living American? Most of those inventions have completely changed our lives, and we take the conveniences he created for granted. Mostly because, we don’t know he had anything to do with them.

But some of Edison’s greatest creations were the sentences he left us. Sentences of inspiration, encouragement, and challenge.

Today, I’d like to share the legacy of one of Edison’s thoughts. This one keeps me going when I feel like giving up.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time. Thomas Edison

I also challenge you as Edison did, to try one more time. Do not give up, do not crumble in weakness, but make your way to success, one attempt at a time.

Who knows? You may create something that changes the world as we know it. Of all the patents Edison filed, he doesn’t have one on legacies.

How do you prompt yourself to action when you feel like giving up? Do you know how Edison changed your life?

Anita FreshFaith @ Work

2 Chronicles 26:15 (NIV)

In Jerusalem he made devices invented for use on the towers and on the corner defenses so that soldiers could shoot arrows and hurl large stones from the walls. His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and writer. She lives in Missouri with her family.

Contact her via www.freshstartfreshfaith.org or anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

The Official Welcome Sign to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Ft. Myers, Florida



Where Perspiration Inspired Genius


2 responses to this post.

  1. I thought of two quotes on this subject of failure (or giving up) that I thought you’d appreciate.

    “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” (Thomas Edison).

    “There is no failure except in no longer trying” (Elbert Hubbard).


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