The celebrated inventor Thomas Edison is well known for his statement: “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” While I believe that hard work is essential to a life of real success and fulfillment. I think that being filled with a deep sense of inspiration and commitment to making a difference in the world is an ever more important attribute.
All of the great geniuses of the world were inspired and driven by their desire to enrich the lives of others. When you study their lives, you will discover that this desire became almost an obsession for most of them. It consumed them and occupied every cell of their minds. Edison was inspired to manifest the visions he saw on the picture screen of his imagination into reality. Jonas Salk, who discovered the polio vaccine, was inspired to help others from suffering from this dreaded affliction. And Marie Curie, the Great Nobel Prize-winning scientist was inspired to serve humanity through her discovery of radium. As woodrow wilson said, “You are not to merely make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, the greater vision, with finer spirit of hope and achievement, You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
English: Mina Edison, née Mina Miller, second wife of American inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
How inspired are you in your own life? Do you jump out of bed on Monday mornings or do you simply lie there with a sense of emptiness flooding through your body? If your level of inspiration is lower than you know it should be, read a good self-help book or listen to motivating audiocassette program. Attend a public lecture by someone you admire or sped a few hours studying the biography of one of your heroes. Start spending time with people who are passionate about what they are doing in their lives and dedicated to making the best out of life. With a healthy dose of inspiration,you will quickly raise your life to a whole new plane of living.