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“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness and Common sense.”
– Thomas A. Edison 

One of the finest inventors was Thomas A. Edison. There is no doubt he was hard working: he patented at least one idea each year for 65 years, and also owns the record for the most patents held – 1,093. That sounds like a lot of stick-to-itiveness. In addition to his original inventions like the tin foil phonograph, he also invented components that were actually improvements to existing products, including many household items. Edison challenged his team and himself to invent things that were salable; it just did not make sense to produce something that people would not use.

Edison incandescent lightbulb by ASitis

Edison incandescent lightbulb by ASitis

Edison’s most celebrated invention is perhaps also the most misunderstood. You see, Edison didn’t actually invent the light bulb. Rather, he worked on the already 50-year-old concept and in 1879 improved it. Through a change to the filament, he introduced incandescent electric light. Residential use of this product became affordable and widespread.

We can follow Edison’s example and use hard work, stick-to-itiveness and common sense to improve our own communications on a daily basis. This could be through an adjustment to a presentation or a report or a process. Some developments may take time more time than others may, but it all comes through hard work and trial and error. Some of the smallest tweaks make the biggest improvements. Just as Edison’s team looked at the toaster and improved the coils so bread could toast faster, you may take information and provide it in a more succinct, understandable format to your customer or your internal team.

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