Edison working in notebookWhen working on innovation or any other worthy goal it begins and ends with our willingness to work for it. Many people have ideas, but few are willing to be patient and work hard until the idea can blossom into reality. We often talk of genus as if it were a gift that we are either born with or don’t have.   But, Edison had a different definition. He stated that, “Genius is hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense.” To Edison, genius was equated with hard work, not just inner intelligence.

The rewards of innovation come after all the hard work. Sometimes working on innovation or any other worthy goal begins and ends with our willingness to work for it. We often say all this work is tedious and slow, but we all know that it is necessary.  Mark Zuckerburg founder of Facebook put it this way, “. . . you know, I mean, the real story of Facebook is just that we’ve worked so hard for all this time. I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.”

So, when you get discouraged, it is not the time to quit, or even slow down. Keep going, keep working and looking for opportunities. Success is there but as Edison stated, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” So keep looking, and when you find your chance, keep working and you will complete your innovation.

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