Wednesday, January 2, 2013


"Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." - Thomas Alva Edison
QUOTING ON QUOTES: WHAT IS SUCCESS? THE SECRET TO SUCCESS … Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. – Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor and entrepreneur … This is one of my favourites. When I was coming out of my teen years, and while studying Science, I read a biography of Edison. He amazed me. A self-taught man, who left school at the age of ten and was taught the basics in literacy and numeracy be his mother, he read books life in the same way that he ate food and knew more than most people his age. He was also very skillful with electrical/electronic/mechanical devices and invented the phonograph (sound-recording device) and incandescent light bulb. He also made developments to movie pictures and the telephone. Now, to the quote. Success is easy to think about and fantasize about. But for you to realize your dreams and visions, you’ve got to sweat. You must learn to work towards what you dream about achieving – scoring top grades in all your subjects, being promoted, building a business, etc. There are many people who dream (the 1% of being inspired), but not many go beyond that by putting in the effort, day-in, day-out, to take their feet from where they are to where they want to be. The sports champion knows this very well. To set a new record in 100m or the high jump, the champion must be ready to turn up for training, every time, sweat out, run, jump and not listen to his/her body which wants ease and comfort. All true achievers in life know the truth about the 99% of the bit of this secret to success. May you also advance yourself by sweating more, working hard in all you do. To end this post, remember, success comes to those who work, not to those who just sleep and dream. Cheers. (– Picture from

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