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Thomas Edison’s Top 10 Tips for More Valuable Results

My guess is you have experienced it!  You just can’t seem to “get off the dime” and make progress on anything let alone achieving an important goal.  Why is that?

By the way, here’s an interesting explanation of the phrase, get off the dime.  In short, it means to get moving and stop stalling on doing something.

You can’t be efficient or effective in achieving valuable results in your life if you’re stuck in some way.  That is true because being efficient requires you to do the right things in the right way and at the right time.  All of that so you can be effective in getting the right result.

So…let’s “get off the dime” and discuss some outstanding thoughts of one of the world’s great thinkers, Thomas Edison.  He had a lot to say about achieving efficient and effective results.

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

Are you stuck because you’ve given up?  Do this!

Think like Edison by choosing a tiny task within whatever it is you feel you’ve given up on.  Focus on getting started on the one, tiny task…not on the bigger issue.  Don’t allow yourself to remain overwhelmed just finish doing that one, tiny, little thing and then pick another one.

Before you know it your momentum toward success will grow and you will succeed!

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.” 

The key to living by this bit of Edison philosophy is the passion you bring to the task.

If you have started down a path to achieve something about which you don’t have a deep passion, forget it.  That is the one and only circumstance that should drive you to quit and move on to something you do feel a deep passion about.

When you find your passion, your possibilities are limitless.

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”

Right there—in one sentence—Thomas Edison defined your path to achieving more valuable results in your life.

Here again, though, your source of inspiration for being willing to do the hard work is the passion you bring to the task.

Similarly, you will not stick to something for which you do not have a viscerally emotional attachment—AKA:  Passion.

Also, Edison mentions the importance of common sense in the above quote.  What does that look like anyway?

Well, think about the formal definition of the term and how it relates to his other two points:  hard work and stick-to-itiveness.

Generally, common sense is nothing more than sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.  Edison’s point is if you use it as you stick to the hard work of achieving what it is you want you will ultimately get it.

 “Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.” 

Think about your own experiences in life.  My assumption is you learned from some mistake and applied that learning in overcoming it.  The point is…

You can’t be your best until you have been your worst and learned how that doesn’t work in creating more valuable results.

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” 

The more you learn at every level of your life the more options you create.  Those options can create opportunities you never planned for.

Is that a bad thing?  Edison thinks not!

The Roman philosopher, Seneca, said:  “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

When you end up with a result you never planned for you may have just prepared yourself a new opportunity.  How lucky is that!

“I never did a day’s work in my life, it was all fun.”

Grinding through life is not the way to create more valuable results…PERIOD!

The word, grind, in this sense can have a devastating effect on the results in your life.  It can mean things like:  to weaken or destroy gradually; to become pulverized; to wear down; or this one—to move with difficulty or friction.

You absolutely cannot create more valuable results by wearing yourself down through the years!

If you can’t change what you are doing for a living, then at least find the parts you love and focus on those.  It will be those parts where you create more valuable results.

On the other hand, if you can, do what you love!  It will not ever be work!  It will be pure joy and deliver more valuable results.

“Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure.”

The fact is the comfort zone is the death zone when it comes to becoming all you can be do or have in your life.

Make yourself stretch in all phases of your life.  The discontent created by the stretching will force you to grow in ways you never dreamed.

 It will be the related personal growth that will ultimately deliver more valuable results in everything you do.

“To do much clear thinking a person must arrange for regular periods of solitude when they can concentrate and indulge the imagination without distraction.”

This thought from Edison reinforces the point that your goal in adapting his philosophy in the previous thought is not to “discontent” yourself to total exhaustion.

Your greatest creativity is born of your fresh thinking.  You can only be fresh when you stop from time to time and refresh.

Find the best time in each day to shut down all the noise and reflect.  The time devoted to this activity doesn’t have to be hours long—even 30 minutes will deliver wonders in more valuable results.

“Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability…. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.

See!  Even the great mind of Edison was fed by great thinkers who went before him.  I remind you of the quote from the Roman philosopher, Seneca, I shared with you a few paragraphs ago.

The essence of the point is you have to be willing to discipline yourself into preparing for your opportunities in life.  For most of us (probably you included) the more valuable results are not handed to us on a silver platter.

“I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.”

Another way this Edison thought has been expressed is:  Find a need and fill it.

Results that are of little or no value to others are probably not going to be of more value to you.

The concept of living an abundant life is built on the realization that the more you contribute to others the more will come back to you.

That is really all Edison is espousing with this quote.

Make it a point each day of your life to contribute something meaningful to another person.  It could be as simple as a smile of warm recognition!

“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”

Life doesn’t come to you.  It marches on and it is up to you to not wait around or it will pass you by in a relative heartbeat.

The most valuable result you can get in your life is to reach its end with no regrets because of what might have been.

Rmember this—Life is not about retiring!  It is about constantly aspiring!

And, one last thing to keep in mind as you ponder how you will use the thinking of Thomas Edison to deliver more valuable results for yourself.  He also said:  “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.” 

Start doing the work by answering the following question!   garylogonewbrownsmall

Which of Edison’s ideas will you first use to reinvent yourself and achieve all you want to be, do or have?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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