Far From Deaf

“Thomas Edison learned the telegrapher’s trade while working for the Michigan Central Railroad. At first, the signals were transmitted in the form of dots and dashes scratched on a piece of paper. Later, the signals were transmitted in the form of audible clicks. Edison was hearing impaired and could not hear the clicks. Though he could not hear the clicks, he did not waste time trying to improve his hearing, and he didn’t strain his ears trying to hear the clicks.

Instead, he invented a telegraph that could convert the electric impulses into letters of the alphabet. Sometimes people waste their time trying to do the impossible, or they throw up their hands and surrender to their circumstances. Successful people do what Thomas Edison did: they create new circumstances…” — Nido R Qubein

The above has three key elements in it we need to recognize. They are: Purpose, Focus, and Tenacity. Thomas Edison had all three of these and used them to become America’s greatest inventor. It was purpose that drove him to complete a task, dream, or goal. The purpose was to invent something to make life easier and better. He would say after trying and failing 10,000 times, “I have not failed I just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work.”

In the midst of failure, he was able to stay focused and stay the course. This is where most lose the battle even when they have purpose. They are unable to stay focused on the task at hand until they have seen that task through to its accomplishment.

The last necessary element is tenacity. One must have persistence, determination and perseverance. In essence the meaning is the grip of a bulldog. The road to success in any endeavor always has pitfalls, ruts, potholes, mud, dips, turns, and hills. It is not easy and unless you have the grip of a bulldog your desires, goals, and dreams will slip out of your grip eventually causing you to lose sight of your goals and drop it altogether.

We all have become discouraged, but we cannot let discouragement keep us from our dreams. We must learn to find purpose, stay focused and be tenacious until we get what we want. Ralph Waldo Emerson in his Essay on the Law of Compensation said, “You must make life pay you what it is you want out of and from it.” His essay comes from the scripture in Galatians 6:7-8 that says, “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, whatever a man/person sows, that shall that also reap.” We get what it is we want by virtue of what we plant in our lives AND see to it what is planted is watered, cultivated, and harvested.

Best of LUCK as you
Labor Under Correct Knowledge…


Rick Cox