One of Edison’s most famous quotes is “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Perspiration and work are common themes from Edison. He put in long hours and stayed focused on the project at hand. Edison also expected that those who worked with him and for him would work equally as hard as well.

But Edison was not just focused on the act of working. He also focused on having a plan and executing the plan. If one approach did not work, then he would come up with another one and try it. Edison stated, “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” To have value, work has to be focused, planned, and have a purpose.

So ask yourself the question, “Am I just busy or does my work have a purpose?” If you are working hard without focus and purpose, then all your perspiration is just getting you wet.

This blog was originally posted March 27, 2012