Thomas Edison was a great problem solver. He created solutions to many problems. He is most famous for the invention of the light bulb, but he held over 1000 patents on many different devices.
What made him a great problem solver?
He did not give up! He tried over 3000 different materials for the filament of a light bulb before he found the one that worked the best. Think about how much he learned about the problem as he tried each different solution. Edison said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
He was passionate about the problems he was solving! He wanted to light up cities. He had projects to light up Manhattan and Paris with electric lights and work until he proved it could be done. The solution to the problem of generating and distributing light and power was probably his greatest work. Think about what he learned by actually implementing his solutions in real cities. Why was Edison passionate about his work? Edison said, “I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others…”
Edison had many characteristics that made him a great problem solver. These two are ones that anyone can imitate. You may not be as smart as Edison, but you can keep trying and you can be passionate about the problems you choose to work on.
Can you be a great problem solver? Find a problem you are passionate about solving and don’t give up!
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