Edison and Innovation Blog

Learning Innovation from Thomas A. Edison
August 28, 2012

Getting into the Habit of Innovation

Author: Don Mangum, Jr. - Categories: Become More Innovative - Tags: ,

We like routines and often get into habits of doing the same things over and over again. It is comfortable. It’s easy to do it the same way we did before. Sometimes it’s the old habits that prevent innovation. We need to break through our old habits and at the same time help others embrace changes. The following video show what happens when we don’t break old habits and embrace new innovations.

This blog was originally posted September 13, 2011.

August 16, 2012

36 Million Miles to Innovation

Author: Don Mangum, Jr. - Categories: Innovation Quotes - Tags:

Like many of you I have been amazed by the recent landing of the Mars Rover Curiosity.  To safely land a vehicle the size of a small car on another planet is quite a feat.

Traveling to Mars is extremely difficult.  Just over half of the attempts fail because there are a lot of opportunities for failure.  Rockets can fail on launch, guidance systems can put you off course sending you out into space.  And if you get into orbit, you still have to land.  If you fail to land, it may be years before you get another chance to launch another probe to Mars.

There are a lot of innovations that go into landing a vehicle on Mars. But the amazing part of this whole process is when the scientists do meet with a perceived failure, they just keep going.  Edison said, “I never quit until I get what I’m after.  Negative results are just what I’m after.  They are just as valuable to me as positive results.”

Perseverance is one of the keys to innovation.  Edison gave great encouragement when he said, “Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  Keep working on your innovation.  You can reach your innovation one day, even if it takes 36 million miles* to get there.


*36 million miles is the closest the Earth and Mars ever get, they can be as far apart as 250 million miles.

August 8, 2012

Olympics and Innovation

Author: Don Mangum, Jr. - Categories: Become More Innovative - Tags:

The Olympics are in full swing and there are a number of amazing stories as some athletes go for the gold medal and others are just happy to participate. You may not have realized it, but there has been a lot of innovation at the Olympics over  the years. For example, equipment has been improved and training methods have changed in ways that give athletes greater opportunities for victory.

Today, we have two videos that illustrate these innovations. The first one is about the many products that improve the lives of the athletes. The second is part of a presentation by Peter Vidmar, winner of two gold medals and a silver medal in gymnastics in 1984. In this video Mr. Vidmar talks about change and innovation in his sport. The principle he addresses can apply to many different types of innovations. Examples of innovation are everywhere.  So, the next time you watch the Olympics or any other event, look for inspiration. You may not win a gold medal, but you may find a key to success in your innovation.

August 1, 2012

Innovative or Creative?

Author: Don Mangum, Jr. - Categories: Become More Innovative - Tags:

Below is a new product video I really enjoyed. When I first saw the new product, I was really amazed at its simplicity, and it just looked cool. The question to ask yourself as you watch is, “Is it innovative or just creative?” If you watch it and say, “wow, this is cool”, then it is creative. If you watch it and say, “wow, I want to buy one”, then it is innovative. Let us know what you think.

This blog was originally posted August 29, 2011.