There Is No Subsitute For Hard Work!


Dan Blanchard award-winning author, speaker and educator

Dan Blanchard award-winning author, speaker and educator


Two industry titans became good friends near the turn of the 20th century. One was an older gentleman who had failed 10,000 times at creating a longer-lasting light bulb. The other one was a younger man who was tired of the sting of criticism and failure, but would eventually change the world with his assembly line and Model T.

Thomas Edison, the older gentleman felt Henry Ford’s pain. After all if anybody should know about criticism and failure it would be Thomas Edison. Thus, Edison was the perfect role model and mentor for Ford.

Edison taught Ford that you only fail when you give up. He explained to Ford that his own 10,000 attempts at creating a better light bulb weren’t really 10,000 failures, but rather 10,000 ways that didn’t work. And each way that didn’t work brought him that much closer to what would work. From this experience Edison learned that genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Basically, success comes from hard work.

The world is a better place now that Thomas Edison and Henry Ford worked hard and didn’t give up when they were down and out. Edison’s light bulb and system of electricity, as well as Ford’s assembly line and automobiles helped launch the United States into an industrial world powerhouse thus creating jobs and the world’s largest middle class.

In addition, I think we all need to be thankful that Mr. Edison saw the potential in the young Henry Ford and wouldn’t let him quit when things were going wrong. We all need mentors…


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