Successful After Sixty

Tuesday is success day.   I recently heard someone talking about Thomas Edison’s success and decided to learn more about him.  After reading the biography of him by Gerry Beals,  I have realized what a success he was through most of his life, even extending on into his 80’s.

Thomas Edison had 1,093 patents in his name by the time he died in 1931 at the age of 84.  The last one he got when he was 83 years old.

He had an interesting life from an early age.  He was born in Ohio and the family moved to Port Huron, MI when Tom was 7 years old.  It was there that he had his only formal education which lasted twelve weeks.  Partly because of his hearing problem and partly because his learning style was different, his mother decided to teach him at home.  It is thought that he probably had some learning disabilities and today would have been categorized as ADHD with drugs administered to subdue him.

Mention was made of his extra large head and wide forehead.  There is no question that he thought about things in a very different way and had a unique learning style.  Between the ages of 12-14, he had read numerous classics and other significant books.

Thomas Edison was extremely industrious as a young boy and was creating quite a good income very early on.  One life lesson he learned after his first invention, the Electronic Vote Recorder, which was denigrated by the politicians, is that you need to create and invent things that people want.  Hmmm…Marketing 101.

One of the things mentioned in this biography is that Edison ‘seemed driven by a superhuman desire to fulfill the promise of research and invent things to serve mankind‘.  Only in the late 1920’s did he slow down a little, due to some health challenges.

What an inspiring person.  Personally, I’ve never spent much time studying him before, but after reading about all of his inventions, I realize we have him to thank for so much more than just the light bulb.  This information came from his website.  Wow, having a website in your name after you’ve been gone almost eighty years, now that’s a well-deserved tribute!

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