Not everyone likes our ideas and whilst it’s great to get different viewpoints, if we allow ourselves to be completely influenced by others opinions, we may well squash ourselves in the process. The smart thing to do is to get feedback from people who can really help you develop your ideas. When you can have fun, allowing your imagination to flow, you never know where it might get you, or what you might come up with!
I was sent this film today, which really illustrates beautifully how important it is to not let others dampen your enthusiasm.
Take Thomas Edison for instance, he never gave up on his idea for a light bulb…..
‘One day, Edison was sitting in his laboratory absent-mindedly rolling a piece of compressed carbon between his fingers. He began carbonizing materials to be used for the filament. He tested the carbonized filaments of every plant imaginable, including baywood, boxwood, hickory, cedar, flax, and bamboo. He even contacted biologists who sent him plant fibers from places in the tropics. Edison acknowledged that the work was tedious and very demanding, especially on his workers helping with the experiments. He always recognized the importance of hard work and determination’. The Franklin Institute
“Before I got through,” he recalled, “I tested no fewer than 6,000 vegetable growths, and ransacked the world for the most suitable filament material.”
“The electric light has caused me the greatest amount of study and has required the most elaborate experiments,” he wrote. “I was never myself discouraged, or inclined to be hopeless of success. I cannot say the same for all my associates.”
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
Speak soon …