THE AVERAGE PERSON WOULD HAVE QUIT AT THE FIRST FAILURE. THAT'S WHY THERE
HAVE BEEN MANY AVERAGE MEN AND ONLY ONE EDISON.
Thomas Edison once observed that the reason most folks don't recognize
opportunity when it comes knocking is that it is often dressed in coveralls
and looks like work. Edison knew that anything worthwhile never comes
easily; if it were easy, anyone could do it. Because he persisted far beyond
the point the average person would consider reasonable and rational, he
produced inventions that even the most learned people of the day considered
impossible. Great advances in knowledge are often achieved by people with an
almost fanatical devotion to finding the solution to a problem. Flashes of
inspiration alone are not enough to ensure success; they must be followed by
determined, persistent action.