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Beating the Odds

The Genius of Action

Most people stop just short of genius.

They imagine a new invention, a scientific theory, or a way to improve things in their office. And that’s where it ends. They take no action, so nothing happens.

Don’t be like most people. Add action to your idea.

“Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration,” said Thomas Edison, who never stopped taking action.

With Albert Einstein’s birthday and Pi Day just days away, TotalGamePlan is presenting a series of posts on genius, specifically how you can find it within you.

Chances are you’ve already found your genius. But you left it there through inaction.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up,” Edison said.

You’ve likely heard the story of Edison’s persistence in inventing the lightbulb. He didn’t fail 10,000 times. He found 10,000 ways that didn’t work. All those attempts took time, and Edison put in the time.

“I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom,” Edison said.

The next time you get a brilliant idea, be more like Edison. Take action. Write the book to go along the title you’ve created. Start working on your product.

Who knows? What you do after you get the idea could wind up making the idea look like genius.

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