Edison on a Good Memory

Thomas Edison believed there is one most important quality for any executive. What is that quality?

A fine memory.

Why is a fine memory so important?


Edison believed the executive who made well-informed decisions with rapid-fire precision, possessed the most ready knowledge. He counted on people with memories, stocked with useful facts, to conceive new innovations in manufacturing and marketing.

I often wonder if we don’t miss opportunities for new ideas when we expect subordinates to simply fall in line and do things our way. Do we stifle new inventions without realizing it?

Edison was no more perfect than anyone living in the twenty-first century today. But he did leave a legacy of life-changing conveniences we enjoy. And he didn’t create those inventions alone. His laboratories, offices, and factories were filled with people who had great memories.

Thomas Edison was smart enough to surround himself with people who made him look good, and humble enough to give them credit.

Do you give others credit when appropriate, or easily forget, and claim kudos for yourself? How do you think our world would differ without great minds to create? Do you know how many patents Edison held?

Anita FreshFaith @ Work

2 Peter 1:13

I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, …


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 http://www.freshstartfreshfaith.org or anita.freshfaith@gmail.com


2 responses to this post.

  1. It’s essential that we surround ourselves with wise, innovative minds but it’s even more important we give credit where credit is due. When ideas are plagiarized, true innovation is quashed. My hope is that leaders in today’s society will heed the actions of past leaders like Thomas Edison. Thanks for the insight Anita!

    Brandon (Proverbsandbiz.wordpress.com)


    • I agree Brandon. Too often, people strive to look good at the expense of someone else’s idea. Wrong choice! I believe you get what you give, so if you give credit when it’s due, someone else will return the favor for your next great idea. You will get the credit for your innovation. Thanks for the comment!


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