The great inventor Thomas Edison is one of the best examples of a successful state of mind. According many popular stories Thomas Edison was asked after several thousand attempts to invent the electric light bulb without success, how he would handle his failure. Edison stated that he had not failed, but rather had produced several thousand outcomes which would lead to success. Several thousand outcomes later Edison successfully produced the electric light bulb, whether consciously or unconsciously, Edison had to program his mind and body to channel his energy into a successful outcome.
A popular myth or a true story?
There are actually two documented variations of a quote by Edison where he downplayed his failures, but focused on his success.
According to Rutgers, Myth Buster: Edison's 10,000 attempts, "The source of the story about Edison trying thousands of experiments or materials is probably an 1890 interview in Harper's Monthly Magazine."
Some people think the internet can solve all our problems. The internet has the potential to be used as a powerful tool for positive change.
Some people think the internet is the cause of all the problems in our modern society. The internet can be used as a tool for spreading negative themes.
The internet is a collection of wires, silicon, and copper, it has no soul, it has no mind of its own. The internet doesn't take sides, it gives birth to both good and evil.
The internet is our collective mind, it is our collective soul. The internet is just a mirror, a reflection of the people who use it, and together we have the responsibility to focus and form that reflection.
If you don't like what you see when you look into a mirror, what do you do? Some people break the mirror, others change what's being reflected.
When you decide to interact on the internet, don't forget your responsibility to choose your message wisely. Technology excites people, they get fired up. They are excited because they just came up with a thought, an answer to a question, a reaction to an earlier discussion. They immediately react, they have to post it to their blog, shoot it out as an e-mail, tweet it to their friends.
Is your approach --> Ready --> Fire! --> Aim?
Do you compose your message right from your brain directly to the tool you are using? You really should think about what you are firing, and where you are firing. It is a good idea to open up notepad, and dump your thought into a sentence first. Take a look at what you are about to say. Think about how your message might impact you, your business, your colleagues.
Think about where you are aiming your message before you fire it off. Whether it is a job interviews, or a sales presentation, there are many times when people will ask you why you are better than the competition. Be careful! If you can't say it as a positive benefit, don't say it!
During a recent conversation I had with a salesperson he made an unsolicited negative remark about one of his competitors. Since it was just myself and the salesperson present at the time, the remark he made was only heard by myself. Whether I agreed with the remark or not, I thought the negative comment was out of place. Had this remark been made using some form of social media, it would have circled the globe in a few hours time.