Do you believe everything you have heard?

Thomas Edison, remember him? He invented the light bulb.

You may think that such a successful man had a great supportive family, with teachers who gave him lots of encouragement. Here are some of the quotes from his childhood support group.

Mr. Edison’s teachers called him “addled”.
His father described little Tommy as a dunce.
His Principal told Edison that he would never make a success of anything.

Later in life, Mr. Edison had some interesting quotes of his own.

When asked how he felt about failing so many times to invent the light bulb. His response was

“I have not failed, I just found 1000 different ways that did not work.”

Another not so famous quote

“Many of life failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”

Obviously, Mr. Edison found a way to ignore the voices and counsel from his past and form a better view of himself.

How do you view yourself? What comments are you allowing to influence you?

Cheryl Gowin
Counselor and Life Coach

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