What Can We Learn From Thomas Edison’s Business Partner?
On December 31, 1879 Thomas A. Edison gave the first public demonstration of the incandescent lamp in Menlo Park. He is seen here in 1929 holding a replica of his first lamp, which had the power of 16 candles. In contrast, the lamp on the left had the power of 150,000 candles. (UPI Photo/Files)

What Can We Learn From Thomas Edison’s Business Partner?

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I assume you already know who Thomas Edison was. For the benefit of those who don’t know him yet, let me give a brief introduction about him.

He was considered as the greatest inventor and businessman of all time and became famous for his “electric bulb” invention.


He, too, was well-remembered by this famous quote, I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.


Okay, enough about Thomas Edison because today we’ll talk more about his business partner. Any idea who he was? Hmmm. Think about it.


Don’t worry you will know him in just a few minutes. Let me start now. Make sure you finish this until the end because it’s very important for you. You’ll find out later why.


More than a century ago, there was a young man from the Midwest who had only one dream. His only dream was to become Edison’s business partner.


He came from a very poor family. He didn’t have any decent shirt to wear. One day, he finally decided to board a train going to Edison’s laboratory without any penny in his pocket. He didn’t care too much about it as his only goal in life is to establish a partnership with Edison.


When he reached the laboratory, he met Edison and declare that he came to become his business partner. Edison’s staff laughed at him except him (Edison). You know why? Because he saw his determination.


Impressed by his character, Edison gave him a job as a floor sweeper. For quite some time, he did his job well while he was also given a chance to meet Edison’s friends and other influential people that time. He got even more motivated.


Until one ordinary day, he got the opportunity to prove to Edison that he had an extraordinary skill in sales. When Edison’s Dictating Machine which later named as ”ediphone” was ready for public selling, his sales force doubted if it would sell. Knowing and believing the value and importance of such machine, he volunteered to sell it which Edison accepted.


To cut the long story short, he exceeded the target set by Edison. Finally, he proved to his boss that he had the ability and skills to become his business partner. That’s the start of his success and later became a multimillionaire.


And the rest was history.


This guy was Edwin C. Barnes. To learn more about him, click here.


What’s my point of sharing his story?


Actually, there are a lot of things we can learn from this man but I’d like to focus more on this word, “determination”.


How determined you are with your dreams and goals in life? You know it’s easy to say “I am determined”. All can say that I suppose but only few can put action to it and they are the ones who succeed in life.


If you want to succeed in life, you should be determined that no matter what happens, you will not stop working on your dreams. Train your mind to focus on the things you’ve been dreaming of, not on the obstacles you have right now.


Remember that life doesn’t end when you fail, it only means you’re trying and that there is still hope.


Even now claim success in every area of your life. Focus on your dreams and always take advantage of every opportunity in front of you.


Like Mr. Barnes, he succeeded because his vision was very clear and his determination was superb.


I want to become like him not necessarily to experience the things he experienced. I want to be like him in terms of his character and attitude.


Would you want to be like him too? Decide now. The choice is yours.


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To your rich future,




Lebert Omac

Lebert is a forester by profession and currently working as a sales associate in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He comes from a simple family of Bohol, Philippines and is the breadwinner of their family. Aside from making sure that his family is provided with all their needs, he is also passionate about faith-building at the same time building healthy and lasting relationships with everyone, especially to his fiancee. On top of all the things he's doing now, he also dreams of building a God-fearing and God-centered family in the future and eventually make it a mission in order to build a peaceful society. Growing up in a family where he feels all the love and support push him to pursue this dream.
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