Last Sunday was Mother’s Day in the United States, a day when mothers and others are recognized for the influence that they have in our lives.  This influence can also apply to innovation.  Someone, and most likely numerous people, helped you get where you are today.  Parents, teachers, mentors and others can open up new ideas and opportunities for us to explore and give us the possibility to innovate.  Edison recognized this in those who helped him, especially his own mother.  After you read this quote, take the time to think about those who taught you to innovate.  It would probably be a good idea to take the time to thank them for what they have done as well.

Young Thomas Edison

“I did not have my mother very long, but in that length of time she cast over me an influence which has lasted all my life. . .I was always a careless boy, and with a mother of different mental caliber I should have probably turned out badly.  But her firmness, her sweetness, her goodness, were potent powers to keep me in the right path.  My mother was the making of me.  She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had someone to live for, someone I must not disappoint.”  (From Edison Inventing the Century by Neil Baldwin, 1995)