This quote inspired me because it is based on the principal that success is possible and achievable for all of us, as long as we are inspired and willing to work hard. The story of Thomas Edison, an American businessman and inventor of light bulb is certainly inspiring. It is said that he tried over 10 000 times before he got it right and when asked about it he allegedly said: “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully discovered 10,000 ways to not make a light bulb.” The crux of the story is that even if you try and fail, it doesn’t mean that you didn’t learn something. So what else can we learn from this story? I believe there are 3 main ideas and these core concepts are all linked to success. They are inspiration, hard work/perspiration and perseverance.
The word inspiration means “to be in spirit”. When you’re tuned into your spirit, you are naturally drawn to do whatever feels best. Inspiration comes from deep within you, and different people are inspired by different things. When you are inspired, fulfilment is the end result. Ask yourself, what inspired you to study? Was it a deep desire to improve your life, your career, knowledge, your future and yourself? Inspiration is the magic ingredient that motivates you towards your goal and helps you stay focussed. People that are inspirational often inspire other people to succeed. There are so many inspirational people; one that springs to mind is Nelson Mandela who definitely is an inspiration to many South Africans. Do you inspire other people do be the best they can possibly be? Have you inspired someone to improve their knowledge and studies? And if you have, remember our refer-a-friend program which ensures you benefit from inspiring others.
Once you are inspired the next step is hard work. Yes, you just have to do it! Do you have a good work ethic? Are you willing to put in the extra hours, the toil, grind, and effort needed to succeed? Colin Powel puts it best: “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”. When you think about your studies, are you willing to put in the hours of hard work in order to achieve your goal of completion? How would you rate your work ethic? Are you a hard worker, or do you need to improve in this area? The good thing about hard work is that everyone can become a hard worker. There are hard working people all around us, and if you need to improve your work ethic, start by trying to act in a similar way to them, so you can learn from their hard work ethic.
Last but not least, perseverance. There is an old saying that goes “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.” Put yourself in Thomas Edison’s shoes for a moment and imagine trying 10 000 times to create the light bulb. Perseverance is commitment, hard work, patience, endurance. Perseverance is being able to bear challenges calmly, without giving up. You show perseverance when you give up your personal time to study on a regular schedule. Perseverance is also evident when you spend time trying to implement what you have learnt, or when you have failed an assignment or exam and you are willing to try again and again until you succeed. By continuing to look for a job and go for interviews even though you have not been success in finding a job you also show perseverance and determination.
“The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!”
Success is within your grasp if you are inspired, you are willing to work hard and you persevere!